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Cheapest Flights from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS)

Airfares from Brisbane to Cairns Intl. for one-way flights were as low as AU$103 and round trip flights were AU$206 within the past 7 days, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.

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Brisbane to Cairns Flight Information

Find the Cheapest Flights from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS)

Work hard, travel harder! Wotif brings you the cheapest Brisbane to Cairns flights, making it possible to have a five star holiday without that five star price tag. Browse and compare our top BNE to CNS routes and airport options. So, go ahead and treat yourself, your sweetheart, or the kids to an unforgettable holiday this year.

Brisbane to Cairns Information

Traveling From Brisbane
Origin Airport Brisbane
Origin Airport IATA Code BNE
Traveling To Cairns Intl.
Destination Airport Cairns
Destination Airport IATA Code CNS
Number of Airlines Serving 12
Average Flight Time 2 hours 22 mins
Direct Flight Time 2 hours 15 mins
Flight Price AU$206

Frequently asked questions

Can I take a flight from Brisbane Airport to CNS right now?
Our Covid-19 Travel Advisor is the place to go for important info on Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS) quarantine and flying restrictions. Check before you fly to avoid getting caught out.
How long is the flight from BNE to CNS?
The brain box who invented the plane was a flippin’ genius. It’s almost impossible to believe that all that separates Brisbane Airport (BNE) from CNS is a brief journey of 2 hours and 24 minutes. Bring along a juicy magazine, settle in and enjoy the flight.
What airlines fly direct from Brisbane Airport to Cairns Airport?
You can avoid the hassle of racing through an unfamiliar airport to make your connecting flight when flying from Brisbane to Cairns. A few airlines advertise nonstop flights. Have a look at Qantas and Virgin Australia for starters.
What happens if I need to change my flight booking to Cairns Airport due to COVID-19?
If your travel plans to Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS) have been affected by COVID-19, you may be able to make a no-change-fee cancellation and score a credit that you can use on another flight. Sign in to your Wotif account to see if your booking is eligible. If you still have questions, our Customer Service Portal is the place to go for more info.
Does Wotif offer flights with flexible change policies?
Some airlines offer the option to change your Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS) flight without a fee. That way, you won’t get stung with extra costs — but you’ll have to pay any difference between the old flight and the new one. Stress less by keeping your eye out for the “no change fees” filter when you book.
How many flights are there from Brisbane Airport to CNS?
You won’t have to organise your holiday around your flight from Brisbane to Cairns. That’s because there are 13 daily flights to pick from. How’s that for choice?
If I'm planning to fly, what are some airlines that have COVID-19 measures and social distancing rules?
There are many airlines that have social distancing rules and use COVID-19 measures, including Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia. Now you can take that long overdue vacation with confidence knowing that strategies, which may include electrostatic cleaning and providing passenger masks, are in place.
What are the cheapest days to fly?
Here’s an insider tip: Monday is typically the cheapest day to fly! Looking at flight demand on Wotif in 2021, we found that flights departing on a Monday generally had the lowest average price, closely followed by flights on a Saturday. You might want to think twice about flying on a Thursday though; generally, our data showed that it had the highest average ticket price.
What is the best day to buy a plane ticket?
Guess what? It turns out that early in the week is the best time to score the cheapest plane tickets. Looking at flight demand on Wotif in 2021, we found that flights purchased on a Monday had the lowest airfares on average. Booking your plane ticket on the weekend also seems to score pretty good deals. However, airfares purchased on a Friday generally have a higher than average ticket value, so you might want to prepare your budget if you’re booking on that day.
What is the cheapest month to fly?
When comparing airfares booked through Wotif in 2021, our data shows February is one of the cheapest months to fly. On the other hand, the month of December can be one of the most expensive times to travel, with the highest average ticket price, so it’s best to get in early if December is your preferred travel month.
How far in advance can you book a flight?
Trying to figure out how early you should book your flight? It’s possible to start comparing international airfares on Wotif up to 12 months in advance. However, it does depend on the carrier as not all airlines release their prices that far out. According to Wotif’s 2021 flight demand trends, you can bag a bargain with some of the cheapest airfares appearing just 1 week prior to travel.*According to flight demand on from January to December 2021. Savings are subject to change and may vary depending on selections made.
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Brisbane to Cairns Flight Deals from AU$206

Considering a quick trip to Cairns, but not sure which is the best route for you? Well, you’re in luck! Wotif has done the hard work, so all you need to do is check out these flights from BNE to CNS. With heaps of cheap fares from Brisbane, we guarantee you’ll be arriving to your holiday destination in style without emptying your bank account in the process.

It’s easy to book flights to Cairns from Brisbane  

For a huge choice of flights, simply enter your travel dates and hit search and we’ll hunt out fantastic deals on one-way, return and multi-city airfares to Cairns from Brisbane from 10 different airlines. If you click the ‘direct flights’ box, you see flights that’ll get you to Cairns in just 2 hour(s) and 15 mins, too.   

Snap up great deals on flights to Cairns from Brisbane 

Choose from 46 flights a day on average, with prices starting at AU$206 and rising to AU$222 depending on the cabin class, travel dates, and airline carrier. And if you’re up for a last-minute getaway, you can get great deals on flights from Brisbane to Cairns today!  

Find cheap airfares to Cairns from Brisbane 

Here are our insider tips for bagging a flight bargain: 

  • Look for midweek flights and late night, early morning arrival and departure times
  • Check out other airports near Brisbane and Cairns
  • Avoid peak season (prices tend to be lower in February)
  • Be flexible with your travel dates and you can usually get cheaper options  

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Great places to stay after flight from Brisbane to Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
4 out of 5
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$194 per night from 11 Dec. to 12 Dec.
per night
11 Dec. - 12 Dec.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Its a nice place, nice food, staff maintain good hygiene, fresh food, everything was quite nice, the place overall is quite good. Staff are very friendly professional, no issues, I have been before and I enjoy going to rydges."

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2022

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$280 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.
per night
6 Dec. - 7 Dec.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"We also stayed at the Hilton this week for a comparison. ShangriLa is very nice but I think the Hilton has the edge. ShangriLa pool is central which is better if you’re a pool person. No real lounge areas to sit and relax except the busy reception foyer which is quite public. Have to pay extra for ..."

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2022

Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns
Crystalbrook Flynn
Crystalbrook Flynn
5 out of 5
85 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$225 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.
per night
6 Dec. - 7 Dec.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Popular attractions Cairns Night Markets and Esplanade Lagoon ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (179 reviews)
Pre flight stay
"What a beautiful hotel. Staff was very friendly and very helpful. Nothing was a bother to them. The room was spotless and the beds so comfortable. We dined at the Italian restaurant. Beautiful food and very helpful staff. Will be coming back again in the near future. Location prefect. Easy access ..."

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2022

Crystalbrook Flynn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on from , as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.