Flights From Darwin (DRW) to Cairns (CNS) from AU$156

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Cheapest Flights from Darwin (DRW) to Cairns (CNS)

Airfares from Darwin Intl. to Cairns Intl. for one-way flights were as low as AU$156 and round trip flights were AU$312 within the past 7 days, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.


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Darwin to Cairns Flight Information

Find the Cheapest Flights from Darwin (DRW) to Cairns (CNS)

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

Darwin to Cairns Information

Traveling From Darwin Intl.
Origin Airport Darwin
Origin Airport IATA Code DRW
Traveling To Cairns Intl.
Destination Airport Cairns
Destination Airport IATA Code CNS
Number of Airlines Serving 1
Average Flight Time 3 hours 30 mins
Direct Flight Time 3 hours 30 mins
Flight Price AU$312

Frequently asked questions

Can I take a flight from Darwin Intl. Airport (DRW) to Cairns Airport right now?
The Covid-19 Travel Advisor is the place to go for info on CNS quarantine and flying restrictions. Check before you book to avoid getting stuck in a bind.
How long is the flight from Darwin Intl. Airport (DRW) to Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS)?
The average flight time from Darwin Intl. Airport to Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS) is roughly 6 hours and 40 minutes. Recline your seat, rest up and get stuck into those in-flight movies.
What airlines fly direct from DRW to Cairns Airport?
Avoid the hassle of running through an unfamiliar airport to make a connecting flight when flying from Darwin to Cairns. A variety of airlines offer nonstop flights. Have a look at Qantas and Jetstar to get you started.
What happens if I need to change my flight booking to CNS due to COVID-19?
If your travel plans to Cairns Airport 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 Airport 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.
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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Darwin to Cairns Flight Deals from AU$312

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 DRW to CNS. With heaps of cheap fares from Darwin, 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 Darwin  

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 Darwin from 10 different airlines. If you click the ‘direct flights’ box, you see flights that’ll get you to Cairns in just 3 hour(s) and 30 mins, too.   

Snap up great deals on flights to Cairns from Darwin 

Choose from 2 flights a day on average, with prices starting at AU$312 and rising to AU$354 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 Darwin to Cairns today!  

Find cheap airfares to Cairns from Darwin 

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 Darwin and Cairns
  • Avoid peak season (prices tend to be lower in January)
  • Be flexible with your travel dates and you can usually get cheaper options  

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Great places to stay after flight from Darwin to Cairns

Acacia Court Hotel
Acacia Court Hotel
3.5 out of 5
223-227 Esplanade, Cairns North, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$129 per night from 17 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.3/5 (998 reviews)
Great 2 night stay
"Great stay. Everything was fine. Great view & easy check in. Great location. Very happy"

Reviewed on 5 Sep. 2022

Ruby’s Beachfront Hideaway
Ruby’s Beachfront Hideaway
Machans Beach, QLD
Stay at this beach B&B in Cairns. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a beach locale. Popular attractions Skydive The Reef Cairns and Mount Whitfield Conservation ...
Cairns Sheridan Hotel
Cairns Sheridan Hotel
4 out of 5
295 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, QLD, 4870
The price is AU$176 per night from 6 Nov. to 7 Nov.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Very accommodating and personable staff. Clean, spacious rooms - no complaints at all. Onsite parking was great. Perfect for a quick overnight stop over. Quick drive to all the city action."

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2022

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.