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Sydney to Cairns flights

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Flight DurationFlights between Sydney and Cairns take, on average, 3 h and 9 m minutes, but the time can vary according to other factors
Cheapest flightCheapest price for a one-way flight between Sydney with Cairns found by our customers in the last 72 hours
Departing AirportThe airport Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith Airport) is the departure airport operating flights between Sydney and Cairns
Arriving AirportFlights departing Sydney with Cairns as destination arrives at Cairns International Airport

Cheap last minute flights to Cairns

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Departure Thu, 03 Feb Return Fri, 04 Feb
SYD Sydney
CNS Cairns
return from £97
Departure Sun, 13 Feb Return Sat, 19 Feb
SYD Sydney
CNS Cairns
return from £102
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Exchange rate
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1 AUD = 0.54 GBP
Last checked on 16 January 2022
Local, one-way ticket

Trains are 10% more expensive in Cairns than in Sydney.

Mid-priced restaurant

A meal in Cairns is 13% cheaper than a meal in Sydney.

Standard daytime start rate

A taxi fare in Cairns is 37% cheaper than in Sydney.

Regular cappuccino

Coffee is 12% more expensive in Cairns than in Sydney.

Sydney airports
  • ( Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith Airport) (SYD)
    How far from city centre: 5 miles
  • ( Rose Bay Spb (RSE)
    How far from city centre: 5 miles
  • ( Bankstown (BWU)
    How far from city centre: 13 miles
  • ( Palm Beach Spb (LBH)
    How far from city centre: 7 miles
Cairns airports
  • ( Cairns International Airport (CNS)
    How far from city centre: 30 miles
K Distance: 1248 miles

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Frequent asked questions about flights from Sydney to Cairns

😷 Is it safe to travel from Sydney to Cairns during the Covid-19 situation?
At Opodo we want to make sure that your travel plans are not affected by any cancelation as well as any possible restrictions Australia may apply when travelling from Sydney. Is your flight cancelled? We've got your back! With our flexible ticket guarantee you can decide if you want to book another flight - free of rebooking fee - or get a full refund!
🔍 How can I find cheap flights from Sydney to Cairns at Opodo?
The cheapest price for a flight from Sydney to Cairns is 97£. At Opodo we use different machine learned based methodologies to find our costumers the best option available, considering airline combinations, stopovers and direct flights as well as different criteria for inbound and outbound journeys.
💰 Is Cairns expensive to visit compared to Sydney?
If you compare transportation prices, the taxi ride in Cairns costs an average of 1.53 GBP, 37% cheaper than Sydney, with a fare of 2.42 GBP, while train tickets costs 5% more in Cairns: 2.50 GBP against 2.37 GBP in Sydney. If you compare the price of a lunch meal, however, you can find it from 9.22 GBP in Cairns, 13% less than the 10.54 GBP in Sydney. The price of the coffee is around 12% more expensive in Cairns, with an average of 2.48 GBP , while in Sydney the coffee costs 2.21 GBP.
📉 When is the best time to book a flight from Sydney to Cairns?
The most popular months to book a trip from Sydney to Cairns are July, October and August, based on the searches of our customers.
📅 When is the best time to travel from Sydney to Cairns?
The best time of the year to go to Cairns when flying from Sydney depends on several preference factors like climate, seasonality and, of course, price. When it comes to popularity, December is the top 1º month to fly to Cairns from Sydney in terms of searches from our customer, followed by November and April. If you prefer to avoid high peaks of turism, however, and escape a crowded period, May, June and February are the months with less volume of searchs for the route Sydney -  Cairns.
🕑 How long does the flight take to go from Sydney to Cairns?
The total flight time between Sydney and Cairns is of around 03:09 hours on average, considering an average distance of 1,975 km, for both direct and indirect flights for the route (which may have 1 or more stops in other cities in between).
🛄 Which airports have flights between Sydney and Cairns?
The main airport route flying between Sydney and Cairns is: Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith Airport) (SYD) to Cairns International Airport (CNS). This route is covered by the following airline(s):
  • Jetstar.
  • Tiger Airways Australia.
  • Virgin Australia.
Which are the airlines with flights from Sydney to Cairns?
Airlines with direct flights departing from Sydney to Cairns are:
  • Tiger Airways Australia.
  • Jetstar.
  • Virgin Australia.
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