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Low Season:
March
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
September
Most popular time to fly
7%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$371
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$320
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns

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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $319 or less.
The cheapest flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns was found 51 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be August, September and October. The cheapest month to fly is March.
Morning departure is around 3% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for Booking Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns Flights

How long does a flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns take?
An average nonstop flight takes 3h 05m, covering a distance of 1225 miles.
How many flights are there between Sydney Kingsford Smith and Cairns?
There are 376 (nonstop) flights between Sydney Kingsford Smith and Cairns per week, averaging 54 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Tigerair Australia ($200), Multiple Airlines ($208) and Jetstar ($240).
Do I need a passport to fly between Sydney Kingsford Smith and Cairns?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between Sydney Kingsford Smith and Cairns?
Qantas Airways (8 times daily), Jetstar (5 times daily), Virgin Australia (4 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns?
For Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns, Monday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Tuesday is the most expensive. Flying from Cairns back to Sydney Kingsford Smith, the best deals are generally found on Saturday, with Friday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
Sydney
$200
only
$200
Destination
Cairns
$200
only
$200
Mon, Mar 5
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Sat, Mar 10
CNS
SYD
3h 00m
Trip: 6 days
4.5OkayShow reviews
Overall 4.5 Okay
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.1
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.7
SYD
MEL
Excellent 9.0

The crew was friendly and timely. The flight overall was easy and time effiecient

The seats were very uncomfortable

SYD
PPP
Good 6.0

Flying could have been smoother

BNE
MEL
Okay 5.5

The crews did their best in a bad situation and were informative and engaging. Tiger also have an easy and economical upgrade to cabin baggage weight limit.

Outbound we were delayed on the tarmac for 45mins as the cabin PA had failed. A tech had to board and reboot the computer system. Our return journey was delayed 80mins as the assigned plane had another technical issue and required replacement. On landing deboarding was delayed a further 10mins as the ground crew had brought the wrong set of steps and couldn't find the correct set. Every time fly tiger I vow it will be the last time, but they are cheap...

SYD
MEL
Okay 5.6

Flight was delayed

SYD
ADL
Mediocre 3.3

Was delayed by 40 minutes for weather (fine), but then they boarded and we sat in the plane while they refueled and waited...for another hour. Seats were very narrow, not clean, and charged extra for 1 checked bag.

Sat, May 19
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Tue, May 29
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
Trip: 11 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, Apr 7
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Sat, Apr 14
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
Trip: 8 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 76 reviews
Overall
6.1
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.9
Crew
6.7
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.0
SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

So I told them I was going to have luggage but they didn’t have it at the check in counter. Then they charged me $195 for 1 bag that weighed 24kg. Are you joking?? Then, the woman says we’ll we can upgrade you to an exit row seat for free. I thought that sounded awesome, extra legroom and all, so of course I accepted. When I get on the plane, my seat was in the row ahead of the exit row, with no extra legroom. The flight attendant said that the row i was in is considered an exit row as well. Here are the problems: 1 even if I didn’t tell them I was taking luggage, who the hell would pay to take one goddamned bag for $195 when the entire flight cost $150?! 2 imagine I paid for the exit row seat and they stuck me in the row ahead of the exit area so I had no extra leg room I would be extremely angry. Lastly, everything on the flight is for order, nothing is free not even water. I would never, ever, fly jetstar again even if the only alternative was to walk.

SYD
CNS
Good 7.0

This was a simple no frills flight cost is low because extras are just that extra.

Seats are paper thin, so much so that i got pushed every time the gentleman behind me moved his knees.

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

I contacted Jetstar several times months before traveling to cancel my flight and obtain a refund they refused

SYD
CNS
Okay 5.3

My husband is 6.7 feet tall, we were trying to change seats for him for over 2 weeks and wasn't able to do ( need exit raw or extra leg room)

SYD
CNS
Good 6.0

Luggage fees

Tue, Feb 13
SYD
CNS
4h 50m
Sun, Feb 18
CNS
SYD
5h 10m
Trip: 6 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 42 reviews
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
SYD
CNS
Good 6.0

I missed the connection in Sydney to get to Cairns… So, still waiting to board the last leg of the flight. The airport in Sydney was really busy and it just took a while to go through customs, and baggage claims etc..

SYD
CNS
Okay 5.6

Crew was friendly and helpful.

Literally had to cut in front of people exiting the landed flight in LA and run to the next flight, which was going from LA to Sydney. Same thing happened after landing in Sydney. Had to collect my bags, go through customs, recheck bags, take a shuttle to a domestic flight terminal, go through security, then I hear over the speaker it was the final boarding call for my flight, had to run again. I am a 56 y/o woman, was not fun. When I arrived in Cairns at about noon, I found that my bag missed the flight. I was told my bag would be delivered to my hotel in Palm Cove that evening, I received my bag the next morning. The flights into and out of LA were run by Delta, the flight from Sydney to Cairns was VIrgin Australia.

SYD
CNS
Okay 4.0

Not much

Check in was terrible. The kiosks were not working and there was NO staff available to instruction or to ask questions. The check-in and bag drop off lines elevate terrible. I believe a big problem is they only allow one bag including carry-on and there were no signs indicating this!

SYD
CNS
Excellent 10.0

Very efficient service and excellent trip to Cairns. Check in and loading was seamless.

SYD
CNS
Excellent 9.0

Mostly everything

The seats were a bit cramped.

Tue, May 29
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Thu, May 31
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
Trip: 3 days
4.5OkayShow reviews
Overall 4.5 Okay
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.1
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.7
ADL
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

I was told (via two notification emails) that the flight was delayed by 5 hours. Went to the airport, and then they told me the flight had gone on time. They also told me my fare had been “forfeited”. Last time I book with this airline.

SYD
MEL
Excellent 9.0

The crew was friendly and timely. The flight overall was easy and time effiecient

The seats were very uncomfortable

SYD
PPP
Good 6.0

Flying could have been smoother

CNS
SYD
Mediocre 3.0

Did print barcodes on ticket so had to wait. Paid for queue jump but didn't print out on ticket. Rough landing.

SYD
MEL
Okay 5.6

Flight was delayed

Fri, Mar 16
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Mon, Mar 19
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
Trip: 4 days
4.5OkayShow reviews
Overall 4.5 Okay
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.1
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.7
ADL
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

I was told (via two notification emails) that the flight was delayed by 5 hours. Went to the airport, and then they told me the flight had gone on time. They also told me my fare had been “forfeited”. Last time I book with this airline.

SYD
PPP
Good 6.0

Flying could have been smoother

PPP
SYD
Okay 4.6

Crew was nice

Pilot wasn't the smoothest

BNE
MEL
Okay 5.5

The crews did their best in a bad situation and were informative and engaging. Tiger also have an easy and economical upgrade to cabin baggage weight limit.

Outbound we were delayed on the tarmac for 45mins as the cabin PA had failed. A tech had to board and reboot the computer system. Our return journey was delayed 80mins as the assigned plane had another technical issue and required replacement. On landing deboarding was delayed a further 10mins as the ground crew had brought the wrong set of steps and couldn't find the correct set. Every time fly tiger I vow it will be the last time, but they are cheap...

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

On time

They nickel and dime you for every possible thing. $100 per suitcase to check in is ridiculous. On top of that, they charged $49 extra for hand luggage that was overweight, claiming that it's "dangerous" to other passengers if heavy luggage is overhead. They couldn't explain how $49 excess weight fee solves the problem if my hand luggage is still stowed overhead. Everything about this airline is a scam, and I will never fly them again. They made me livid.

Tue, Mar 13
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Sat, Mar 17
CNS
SYD
3h 00m
Trip: 5 days
4.5OkayShow reviews
Overall 4.5 Okay
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.1
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.7
PPP
SYD
Okay 4.6

Crew was nice

Pilot wasn't the smoothest

CNS
SYD
Mediocre 3.0

Did print barcodes on ticket so had to wait. Paid for queue jump but didn't print out on ticket. Rough landing.

BNE
MEL
Okay 5.5

The crews did their best in a bad situation and were informative and engaging. Tiger also have an easy and economical upgrade to cabin baggage weight limit.

Outbound we were delayed on the tarmac for 45mins as the cabin PA had failed. A tech had to board and reboot the computer system. Our return journey was delayed 80mins as the assigned plane had another technical issue and required replacement. On landing deboarding was delayed a further 10mins as the ground crew had brought the wrong set of steps and couldn't find the correct set. Every time fly tiger I vow it will be the last time, but they are cheap...

SYD
MEL
Okay 5.6

Flight was delayed

SYD
ADL
Mediocre 3.3

Was delayed by 40 minutes for weather (fine), but then they boarded and we sat in the plane while they refueled and waited...for another hour. Seats were very narrow, not clean, and charged extra for 1 checked bag.

Fri, Feb 9
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Mon, Feb 12
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
Trip: 4 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 76 reviews
Overall
6.1
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.9
Crew
6.7
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.0
SYD
CNS
Good 7.0

This was a simple no frills flight cost is low because extras are just that extra.

Seats are paper thin, so much so that i got pushed every time the gentleman behind me moved his knees.

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

I contacted Jetstar several times months before traveling to cancel my flight and obtain a refund they refused

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

Extreme difficulty in check in and bag drop process waited over an hour and combined with security almost missed the flight.

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

Jet star line to check in was very long with only two people working

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

So I told them I was going to have luggage but they didn’t have it at the check in counter. Then they charged me $195 for 1 bag that weighed 24kg. Are you joking?? Then, the woman says we’ll we can upgrade you to an exit row seat for free. I thought that sounded awesome, extra legroom and all, so of course I accepted. When I get on the plane, my seat was in the row ahead of the exit row, with no extra legroom. The flight attendant said that the row i was in is considered an exit row as well. Here are the problems: 1 even if I didn’t tell them I was taking luggage, who the hell would pay to take one goddamned bag for $195 when the entire flight cost $150?! 2 imagine I paid for the exit row seat and they stuck me in the row ahead of the exit area so I had no extra leg room I would be extremely angry. Lastly, everything on the flight is for order, nothing is free not even water. I would never, ever, fly jetstar again even if the only alternative was to walk.

Mon, Feb 12
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Thu, Feb 15
CNS
SYD
3h 00m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, May 3
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Mon, May 7
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
Trip: 5 days
4.5OkayShow reviews
Overall 4.5 Okay
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.1
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.7
MEL
SYD
Excellent 9.3

Flight attendants were friendly, professional, and very efficient while performing their duties

The landing was rough. Pilot needs to work on landing

PPP
SYD
Okay 4.6

Crew was nice

Pilot wasn't the smoothest

MEL
SYD
Mediocre 2.3

Only one of the staff was friendly.

Only allowed 7 kilos of baggage, would have been nice to know that, the charge for my 10 kilo bag was $75, same price as my ticket, you find this out at the gate, what a scam. Flight was 1 hour late. Gate check in lady was yelling at customers to take out headphones and listen to her! Will not use them again.

SYD
PPP
Good 6.0

Flying could have been smoother

ADL
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

I was told (via two notification emails) that the flight was delayed by 5 hours. Went to the airport, and then they told me the flight had gone on time. They also told me my fare had been “forfeited”. Last time I book with this airline.

Sat, Jan 20
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Sun, Jan 21
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
Trip: 2 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 76 reviews
Overall
6.1
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.9
Crew
6.7
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.0
SYD
CNS
Okay 5.0

We got there no leg room

No leg room a320

SYD
CNS
Okay 5.3

My husband is 6.7 feet tall, we were trying to change seats for him for over 2 weeks and wasn't able to do ( need exit raw or extra leg room)

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

Jet star line to check in was very long with only two people working

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.8

The entire experience

SYD
CNS
Good 7.0

This was a simple no frills flight cost is low because extras are just that extra.

Seats are paper thin, so much so that i got pushed every time the gentleman behind me moved his knees.

Sat, Feb 24
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Sat, Mar 3
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
Trip: 8 days
4.5OkayShow reviews
Overall 4.5 Okay
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.1
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.7
CNS
SYD
Mediocre 3.0

Did print barcodes on ticket so had to wait. Paid for queue jump but didn't print out on ticket. Rough landing.

SYD
PPP
Good 6.0

Flying could have been smoother

SYD
MEL
Excellent 9.0

The crew was friendly and timely. The flight overall was easy and time effiecient

The seats were very uncomfortable

SYD
ADL
Mediocre 3.3

Was delayed by 40 minutes for weather (fine), but then they boarded and we sat in the plane while they refueled and waited...for another hour. Seats were very narrow, not clean, and charged extra for 1 checked bag.

SYD
MEL
Okay 5.6

Flight was delayed

Tue, Apr 17
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Fri, Apr 27
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
Trip: 11 days
4.5OkayShow reviews
Overall 4.5 Okay
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.1
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.7
MEL
SYD
Good 7.6

It is a budget airline so don't expect royal treatment. However, compared to other budget airlines I've flew on, this one is pretty decent. You can bring carry on, only it has to be under a certain weight. The chairs recline and the staff is very nice.

ADL
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

I was told (via two notification emails) that the flight was delayed by 5 hours. Went to the airport, and then they told me the flight had gone on time. They also told me my fare had been “forfeited”. Last time I book with this airline.

SYD
PPP
Good 6.0

Flying could have been smoother

MEL
SYD
Mediocre 2.3

Only one of the staff was friendly.

Only allowed 7 kilos of baggage, would have been nice to know that, the charge for my 10 kilo bag was $75, same price as my ticket, you find this out at the gate, what a scam. Flight was 1 hour late. Gate check in lady was yelling at customers to take out headphones and listen to her! Will not use them again.

MEL
SYD
Excellent 9.3

Flight attendants were friendly, professional, and very efficient while performing their duties

The landing was rough. Pilot needs to work on landing

Sun, Jul 29
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Thu, Aug 2
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
Trip: 5 days
4.5OkayShow reviews
Overall 4.5 Okay
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.1
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.7
SYD
MEL
Excellent 9.0

The crew was friendly and timely. The flight overall was easy and time effiecient

The seats were very uncomfortable

MEL
SYD
Mediocre 2.3

Only one of the staff was friendly.

Only allowed 7 kilos of baggage, would have been nice to know that, the charge for my 10 kilo bag was $75, same price as my ticket, you find this out at the gate, what a scam. Flight was 1 hour late. Gate check in lady was yelling at customers to take out headphones and listen to her! Will not use them again.

CNS
SYD
Mediocre 3.0

Did print barcodes on ticket so had to wait. Paid for queue jump but didn't print out on ticket. Rough landing.

BNE
MEL
Okay 5.5

The crews did their best in a bad situation and were informative and engaging. Tiger also have an easy and economical upgrade to cabin baggage weight limit.

Outbound we were delayed on the tarmac for 45mins as the cabin PA had failed. A tech had to board and reboot the computer system. Our return journey was delayed 80mins as the assigned plane had another technical issue and required replacement. On landing deboarding was delayed a further 10mins as the ground crew had brought the wrong set of steps and couldn't find the correct set. Every time fly tiger I vow it will be the last time, but they are cheap...

PPP
SYD
Okay 4.6

Crew was nice

Pilot wasn't the smoothest

Wed, Jan 24
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Wed, Jan 31
CNS
SYD
3h 00m
Trip: 8 days
4.5OkayShow reviews
Overall 4.5 Okay
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.1
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.7
SYD
ADL
Mediocre 3.3

Was delayed by 40 minutes for weather (fine), but then they boarded and we sat in the plane while they refueled and waited...for another hour. Seats were very narrow, not clean, and charged extra for 1 checked bag.

PPP
SYD
Okay 4.6

Crew was nice

Pilot wasn't the smoothest

MEL
SYD
Good 7.6

It is a budget airline so don't expect royal treatment. However, compared to other budget airlines I've flew on, this one is pretty decent. You can bring carry on, only it has to be under a certain weight. The chairs recline and the staff is very nice.

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

On time

They nickel and dime you for every possible thing. $100 per suitcase to check in is ridiculous. On top of that, they charged $49 extra for hand luggage that was overweight, claiming that it's "dangerous" to other passengers if heavy luggage is overhead. They couldn't explain how $49 excess weight fee solves the problem if my hand luggage is still stowed overhead. Everything about this airline is a scam, and I will never fly them again. They made me livid.

ADL
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

I was told (via two notification emails) that the flight was delayed by 5 hours. Went to the airport, and then they told me the flight had gone on time. They also told me my fare had been “forfeited”. Last time I book with this airline.

Tue, Jul 17
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Sun, Jul 22
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
Trip: 6 days
4.5OkayShow reviews
Overall 4.5 Okay
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.1
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.7
MEL
SYD
Excellent 9.3

Flight attendants were friendly, professional, and very efficient while performing their duties

The landing was rough. Pilot needs to work on landing

SYD
ADL
Mediocre 3.3

Was delayed by 40 minutes for weather (fine), but then they boarded and we sat in the plane while they refueled and waited...for another hour. Seats were very narrow, not clean, and charged extra for 1 checked bag.

MEL
SYD
Mediocre 2.3

Only one of the staff was friendly.

Only allowed 7 kilos of baggage, would have been nice to know that, the charge for my 10 kilo bag was $75, same price as my ticket, you find this out at the gate, what a scam. Flight was 1 hour late. Gate check in lady was yelling at customers to take out headphones and listen to her! Will not use them again.

MEL
SYD
Good 7.6

It is a budget airline so don't expect royal treatment. However, compared to other budget airlines I've flew on, this one is pretty decent. You can bring carry on, only it has to be under a certain weight. The chairs recline and the staff is very nice.

SYD
MEL
Excellent 9.0

The crew was friendly and timely. The flight overall was easy and time effiecient

The seats were very uncomfortable

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Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 3h 01m
Flights Arrive in Cairns
Flights Depart from Sydney Kingsford Smith
Flight Price $200
Distance 1225 miles
Airlines Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Virgin Australia
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