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Flight information Sydney to Cairns

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Average flight time, total distance 1974 kilometres

2h 55min


1 airport

Which airlines fly from Sydney to Cairns?

Direct flights are available to Cairns every day of the week from Sydney. These are quicker and normally cheaper than flights with a stop.

Direct flights on this route are available with:

Is there a time difference between Sydney and Cairns?

Only in summer, when Cairns is an hour behind Sydney. In winter, the clocks in both locations read the same.

What is the weather like in Cairns?

Cairns is far warmer than Sydney. While Sydney has an average temperature of 23°C in its hottest month, Cairns’ coldest month has an average of 22°C (its hottest is 28°C).

Cairns also gets about twice as much rain as Sydney, with almost all of it falling over summer.

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Essential travel information for Cairns

For domestic flights, Australian citizens require a valid form of photo ID.

Departing from Sydney

Sydney Airport (SYD) is the biggest airport in Australia. It has 3 terminals, with 2 dedicated to domestic flights:

The airport has 3 terminals:

  • Terminal 1 is the International Terminal
  • Terminal 2 is used by several airlines for domestic flights, including Jetstar and Virgin Australia
  • Terminal 3 is used by Qantas and QantasLink for domestic flights

The train goes from the CBD to the airport, with separate stops for domestic and international passengers. Regardless of whether you’re flying from T2 or T3, the domestic stop is within close walking distance to your departure terminal.

For flights to Cairns, it’s recommended that you get to Sydney Airport an hour before departure.

Arriving in Cairns

Cairns Airport (CNS) has a dedicated terminal for all domestic flights. This terminal has everything passengers need when they arrive – access to cafes, toilets, ATMs, car hire offices and public transport.

The trip to the CBD takes 10 to 15 minutes by road, with most of the hotels easy to reach. A taxi is likely to cost $20-$25 while the direct Airport Connect bus costs $6 one-way ($8 return) for a trip to Sheridan Street.

Car hire at Cairns Airport is available through 6 companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty.

Return flights from Cairns to Sydney

Getting to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney is a relatively simple process. Speak to your hotel about organising a transfer or head to Sheridan Street to get the Airport Connect bus.

Read more about flights from Cairns to Sydney.

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Please note: all information is correct as of November 2018.

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