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Flights to Cairns in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 14% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price£735Average for round-trip flights in May 2022
Round-trip from£880From London to Cairns
One-way from£8One-way flight from London to Cairns (CNS)

Cheap flights to Cairns in May, June 2022

The best prices found for CNS flights for May, June
14 Jun - 9 Jul
£1,300pp
LGW
London Gatwick
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2 STOPS
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Cairns
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LGW
London Gatwick
25 May - 1 Jun
£1,311pp
LHR
London Heathrow
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2 STOPS
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
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2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow
23 Jun - 16 Jul
£1,318pp
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London Heathrow
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2 STOPS
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
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2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow

Cairns 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns found for this year
1 Nov - 21 Nov
£880pp
LHR
London Heathrow
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2 STOPS
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
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2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow
1 Nov - 21 Nov
£917pp
LHR
London Heathrow
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2 STOPS
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
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2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow
30 Oct - 20 Nov
£930pp
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London City
SWISS
   
2 STOPS
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Cairns
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LCY
London City

Last minute flights to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns, departing today and this week
1 Jun - 12 Jun
£1,374pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Qantas Airways
   
2 STOPS
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Qantas Airways
   
2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow
1 Jun - 12 Jun
£1,577pp
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London Heathrow
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1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
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LHR
London Heathrow
1 Jun - 12 Jun
£1,676pp
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London Heathrow
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2 STOPS
CNS
Cairns
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3 STOPS
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London Heathrow

COVID Restrictions

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Can I fly to Cairns from United Kingdom right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from United Kingdom to Cairns

Most visitors from United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Cairns.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Cairns.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to quarantine after entering Cairns.

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Can I fly back to United Kingdom from Cairns?

Returning to United Kingdom from Cairns

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Cairns are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering United Kingdom.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Cairns are not required to quarantine after entering United Kingdom.

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What is the cheapest month to fly to Cairns?

The cheapest ticket to Cairns found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
£1,203
February
£1,091
March
£1,107
April
£1,062
May
£1,102
June
£1,057
July
£1,308
August
£996
September
£1,065
October
£1,018
November
£1,053
December
£1,324
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Cairns is August. The most expensive month for flights is December. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to Cairns Airport?

Average Cairns flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month.
LON - CNS
Price
£996 - £1,599
CNS
Temperature
26 - 31 °C
CNS
Rainfall
27 - 436 mm

Peak Season: 

July to October is high season. Flight to Cairns are not at their cheapest but crowds still fly in from all over Australia to attend ‘the Cairns Show’, a three day event of fun-packed entertainment which has grown to almost 80,000 visitors a year, making it the biggest community event in Cairns. Originating from themes such as agricultural, pastoral and mining, the show now features a variety of other entertainment such as extreme sports, fireworks, wood chopping and the Queensland pole climbing competition. More than 200 local industries travel to promote their products and services attracting large international and national business to the show.

Off Season: 

The “wet season” is low season. It runs from November to April when there are torrential rains and humidity levels are high. If you’re willing to brave the rains it’s a good time to book cheap flights to Cairns and take up the discounts offered by tour operators, hotels and apartments. Divers will experience the best underwater visibility during the “wet” months, more than 50 metres sometimes. Stinger (Box jellyfish) Season is November-May and bathers should ensure that they follow the lifeguards’ advice about swimming within enclosures and between lifeguard flags. 

Shoulder Season: 

May through to June are the shoulder months throughout Cairns, however there are still events occurring to be enjoyed by all.  Cairns festival made its grand entrance into the regions event calendar through the opening on a brand new jetty on Green Island in 1961. Attendees can soak up a three-week long packed itinerary full of enjoyable entertainment for all such as food and wine exhibitions, live music, quest performances and multicultural and community celebrations that displays the region’s diverse talent. Although the festival takes place during the shoulder season, flights to Cairns and hotel rates may be subject to increase.

When is the best time to book a flight to Cairns?

Booking 57 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to Cairns. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Cairns?

At the moment, Wednesday is the most economical day to take a flight to Cairns. Friday is likely to be the most costly.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Cairns?

Cairns flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight in the afternoon. Booking a flight in the morning will likely mean higher prices.

Cairns overview

Cairns is perhaps Australia’s most unabashed tourist-friendly city. Every year, more than two million tourists take flights to Cairns for its near-perfect climate and its proximity to the jaw-droppingly awesome attractions of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Cairns is the only place in the world where two World Heritage Areas meet.

Cairns city is a great base and has plenty to occupy tourists while they’re between reef or rainforest trips. There’s a wonderful Esplanade that’s comprises a swimming lagoon that’s open between 6am and 10pm daily, an amphitheatre, picnic and barbecue spots, walking trails, a children’s playground called Muddy’s and shops, restaurants and markets both day and night. Just 2 miles (4km) from the centre of the city are the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Lush and very, very green, these 24 miles (38km) of gardens are made up of the Flecker Gardens and Centenary Lakes, where a boardwalk will wind you through mangroves and tropical rainforest. Behind the gardens, Mt Whitfield Conservation Park is more than 741 acres of forested mountain range.

Cairns climate

There are two seasons – a wet season that runs from November to May (summer) and a dry season that starts about June and stretches to October (winter). January, February and March are the wettest months and there is the greatest chance of cyclones between December and April. Temperatures are pretty stable throughout the year. Daytime temps range between 14 and 26 degrees Celsius in the dry season while visitors can expect temperatures of between about 24 to 33 degrees during the wet season. 

Getting around Cairns

Cairns’s city centre is small enough to walk around, but if you are planning on getting out to the

Daintree National Park (a three-hour drive north of Cairns) or Kuranda Village (a 40-minute drive), renting a car is best. There are car-rental desks at Cairns Airport. Alternatively, you could take a four-wheel drive (4WD) tour. Several companies offer 4WD tours to the most popular destinations including Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation, Cape York, Undara National Park and Chillagoe. If you’re visiting the region during the wet season (November-April) a four-wheel drive is the best way of getting around. Sunbus is the bus service around Cairns. There are eight routes, serving destinations such as the Botanic Gardens, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

Getting from the Airport to the City

Travellers who take flights to Cairns may wish to rent a car at the airport for maximum independence. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank located beside both the International and Domestic terminals at Cairns Airport (CNS). A taxi fare to the CBD runs between $15 and $20. Airport shuttle bus services are operated by Australia Coach/Sun Palm Express. They connect the airport with hotels, the city centre, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation. Finally, several accommodation providers will operate courtesy coach services to and from the airport.

Cairns airport overview

Cairns is the most convenient gateway to the natural attractions of northern Queensland, which include the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and the 110 million-year-old Daintree Rainforest. Because of this, the relatively small airport is among the busiest in Australia, handling more than 3.5 million passengers per year from destinations all over Asia and the Pacific.

The airport has recently expanded the Domestic Terminal, although unfortunately queues are still long and areas like lounges and security are perpetually understaffed. This isn’t an ideal airport to be stuck in for hours at a time as food and shopping opportunities are limited and there never seems to be enough seating.

You won’t find direct flights to Cairns from Europe and the Americas, but regular flights from Sydney and Brisbane mean there are plenty of options to reach the sunny beach resorts and world-class natural attractions of this popular holiday town.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Cairns?

Cairns (CNS), located 2.8 mi from the city centre, is the airport you fly into when you book flights to Cairns.

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