Cheap flights from Darwin to Cairns

Flight information Darwin to Cairns

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Average flight time, total distance 1677 kilometres

2h 30min

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Which airlines fly from Darwin to Cairns?

How easy is it to depart from Darwin?

Darwin Airport is the main airport for the Northern Territory, and it is easy to transfer through this airport’s single terminal.

  • Main Terminal – flights to Darwin will depart from this terminal.

There are cash machines, shops, restaurants, information desks, premier lounges, and information desks.

Arrive at this airport at least 1 hour before your flight is due to depart.

What do I need before I depart from Darwin?

  • A form of photo-ID is required for domestic air travel.
  • Please be aware, that if you are not an Australian citizen or resident, you may need to carry your passport.

What information do I need to know before arriving at Cairns Airport?

Cairns Airport is the gateway airport for the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. There are 2 terminals here.

  • Domestic Terminal (T2) – Incoming flights from Darwin will be directed here.

T2 features WiFi access, dining and shopping outlets, airline lounges, and ATMs. If you need to transfer to the International Terminal you can do so via the walkway.

What is the weather like in Cairns?

  • Cairns averages 29°C throughout the year, and it has a similar tropical climate to Darwin. Winter is the best time to go to Cairns, when the days are dry and at 18-26°

Is there a time difference between Darwin and Cairns?

  • Cairns is 30 minutes ahead of Darwin.

Is Cairns cheaper than Darwin? 

Cairns is cheaper than Darwin, roughly 15-50% cheaper, than the NT city. However, you can save even more money in this city by reading our budget guide on Cairns.

  Darwin Cairns
Average cost of a meal for 2 people $80 $80
Average cost of a coffee $4.50 $4.50
Average cost of a taxi from the airport to the CBD $25 $25

Please note that the information provided above is accurate as of November 2017 

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.