Compare cheap Townsville to Cairns flights

Flight information Townsville to Cairns

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Average flight time, total distance 284 kilometres

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Which airlines fly from Townsville to Cairns?

Although there are 5 direct flights from Townsville to Cairns, these are all sold by Qantas. Some of these flights are operated by QantasLink.

Flights with 1 stop at Brisbane Airport are also available, but these tend to cost more than the direct flights.

Is there a time difference between Townsville and Cairns?

No. Cairns and Townsville are in the same time zone.

What is the weather like in Cairns?

In the summer, Cairns and Townsville are very similar. However, in winter Cairns is 2°C warmer on average.

Cairns also gets much more rain than Townsville, with the majority falling over summer.

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Essential travel information for Cairns

You’ll need photo ID to check in for your flight to Cairns.

Departing from Townsville

Townsville Airport (TSV) is 5km west of the town centre. This should take 5-10 minutes to drive, which costs no more than $20 in a taxi. Airport parking starts at $19 per day and can be booked online.

The public 205 bus stops at the corner of Meenan Street and Halifax Street, which is a 10-minute walk to the terminal. Shuttles can also be arranged to get to the airport.

For all domestic flights in Australia, you should aim to be at the airport an hour before your flight.

While waiting at Townsville Airport, there are limited options. You’ll find a café by the check-in counters and a second one after security. You’ll also find a newsagent by the departure gates where you can pick up some reading material.

Arriving in Cairns

Domestic flights to Cairns Airport (CNS) land Terminal 2. Once you land, you’ll pass through the food court and shopping area before getting to the baggage carousels and car hire desks.

Other transport options include taxis (available in front of the terminal under a covered taxi rank), shuttle buses (tickets must be picked up from a counter in the terminal) and the Airport Connect bus ($6 one way, $8 return – pick up clearly marked outside the terminal).

The heart of Cairns is 7km south of the airport. This should take less than 10 minutes by car or taxi, but may take 15 minutes or more by bus.

Return flights from Cairns to Townsville

For your return flight to Townsville, the trip to Cairns Airport is easy to make. If you bought a return ticket on the Airport Connect service, this picks passengers up from Sheridan Street.

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

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