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Cheapest Flights from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS)

Airfares from Kingsford Smith Intl. to Cairns Intl. for one-way flights were as low as AU$148 and round trip flights were AU$283 within the past 7 days, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.

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Find the Cheapest Flights from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS)

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

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Frequently asked questions

Can I take a flight from Sydney Airport to Cairns Airport right now?
If you’re flying from SYD to CNS and want to avoid getting caught in a bind, check our Covid-19 Travel Advisor prior to booking. Here, you’ll find important info on your destination’s quarantine and flying restrictions.
How long is the flight from Mascot Airport to Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS)?
The usual travel time from Sydney Airport to Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS) is roughly 3 hours and 7 minutes. Adjust your seat, relax and enjoy your favourite shows.
What airlines fly direct from Sydney Airport to Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS)?
There’s no need to stress about annoying stopovers or your gear going astray. You can choose from a number of airlines flying direct from Mascot Airport to CNS, including Jetstar and Virgin Australia.
What happens if I need to change my flight booking to CNS due to COVID-19?
If your travel plans to 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 Kingsford Smith Intl. Airport (SYD) to Cairns Airport?
At least 9 flights cruise the skies daily between SYD and CNS. So c’mon — it’s time to book that seat and experience the epicness of Cairns.
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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Sydney to Cairns Flight Deals from AU$283

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 SYD to CNS. With heaps of cheap fares from Sydney, 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 Sydney  

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

Snap up great deals on flights to Cairns from Sydney 

Choose from flights a day on average, with prices starting at AU$283 and rising to AU$309 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 Sydney to Cairns today!  

Find cheap airfares to Cairns from Sydney 

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

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Great places to stay after flight from Sydney to Cairns

Cairns Colonial Club Resort
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
4 out of 5
18-26 Cannon Street, Manunda, QLD
The price is AU$129 per night from 9 Jun to 10 Jun
per night
9 Jun - 10 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
7.6/10 Good! (998 reviews)
"Room was clean and tidy, easy check in and out process"

Reviewed on 2 Jun. 2023

Cairns Colonial Club Resort
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
4 out of 5
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD
The price is AU$203 per night from 11 Jun to 12 Jun
per night
11 Jun - 12 Jun
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 ...
8/10 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"Looks very tired"

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2023

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Crystalbrook Flynn
Crystalbrook Flynn
5 out of 5
85 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$265 per night from 8 Jun to 9 Jun
per night
8 Jun - 9 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cairns. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Popular attractions Cairns Esplanade and Michaelmas Cay are located ...
9.2/10 Wonderful! (256 reviews)
Modern and clean hotel in an excellent location
"We recently spent one night at Crystalbrook Flynn as part of our honeymoon. The hotel was modern, clean and in an excellent location. The rooms were large and staff were lovely. Hotel is right on the esplanade, so surrounded by excellent dining options outside of the ones provided within the hotel. ..."

Reviewed on 30 May 2023

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.