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Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns flight information

Avg. flight duration 3h 00m
Flights arrive in Cairns
Flights depart from Sydney Kingsford Smith
Flight price £120
Distance 1225 miles
Airlines Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Virgin Australia

Good to know

Low season:
March
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High season:
September
Most popular time to fly
6%
expected price increase
Average price:
£226
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good deal:
£157
or less (return)

When to Book Flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns

Average price per month
Flight prices as travel date approaches
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Top tips for Finding a Cheap Flight

Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for £157 or less.
The cheapest flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns was found, on average, 51 days before departure.
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 2% 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 non-stop flight takes 3h 05m, covering a distance of 1225 miles.
How many flights are there between Sydney Kingsford Smith and Cairns?
There are 378 (non-stop) 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 return tickets were found on Tigerair Australia (£110), Jetstar (£110) and Multiple Airlines (£112).
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 (4 times daily), Delta (4 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.

Book cheap flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns (return)

Airports
Origin
Sydney
£110
only
£110
Destination
Cairns
£110
only
£110
Mon, 29 Jan
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Fri, 2 Feb
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£110
Trip: 5 days
Overall 5.0 OK
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.0
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.6
BNE
SYD
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing.

Refusal to tell us what was happening. Left stranded

SYD
BNE
OK 5.3

New Generation 737 aircraft. Leg room good. Boarding fast with Queue-Jump.

Third successive time my prepaid meal hasn’t been delivered. Never get a refund. Cabin crew pretty average. Captains & First Officers need more practice in simulator on smoother touchdowns!

CBR
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

I booked because of the price... unfortunately

The plane was delayed 3.5 hours, no text and no message, even though it had been delayed from earlier in the day. The ground staff were disinterested and in no way apologetic... Nevet Again

SYD
MEL
OK 5.6

Flight was delayed

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, 17 Mar
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Tue, 27 Mar
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£110
Trip: 11 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 74 reviews
Overall
6.1
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.9
Crew
6.7
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.0
SYD
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

Over 1.5 hours to check our bags, delays, baggage fees

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 2.3

Cute flight attendants.

Unexpected fees for baggage. $255 additional fees!!! Charge for soft drinks and water! Lost my bag to rub salt in the wound. Unhelpful and disrespectful counter staff! Customer service is clearly not part of company training or culture. Nearly impossible to get customer service via website. I had better luck getting a phone number using google. I travel nearly every week on business and have never experience such poor service. I will never fly this third world airline again.

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, 26 Feb
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Thu, 1 Mar
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£112
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, 20 Dec
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Sun, 24 Dec
CNS
SYD
5h 10m
£214
Trip: 5 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 39 reviews
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
SYD
CNS
Excellent 8.6

Staff polite and helpful at boarding desk

Poor food selection

SYD
CNS
Good 6.0

First class was dirt

SYD
CNS
Excellent 9.0

The egg and lettuce sandwich was fresh and delicious! A bigger serving would have been nice. The Cadbury biscuit chocolate was also a perfect match with a coffee.

The inflight entrainment could have been more extensive. For example the big fat Greek wedding advertised in the inflight magazine wasn't available as a selection.

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
Excellent 8.0

Nice that they had a tasty snack with a chocolate biscuit

Alcoholic beverages would be better if

Tue, 13 Mar
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Sat, 17 Mar
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£112
Trip: 5 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 74 reviews
Overall
6.1
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.9
Crew
6.7
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.0
SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.8

The entire experience

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 3.0

Over 1.5 hours to check our bags, delays, baggage fees

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 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.

Tue, 1 May
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Wed, 30 May
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£112
Trip: 30 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, 27 Jan
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Sat, 3 Feb
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£113
Trip: 8 days
Overall 5.0 OK
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.0
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.6
SYD
MEL
OK 5.6

Flight was delayed

MEL
OOL
Excellent 8.0

No fuss, boarding was easy and well organised, very cheap flights

Nothing realy

BNE
MEL
OK 4.6

The landing is really bad, i'm very sick on that plane

CBR
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

I booked because of the price... unfortunately

The plane was delayed 3.5 hours, no text and no message, even though it had been delayed from earlier in the day. The ground staff were disinterested and in no way apologetic... Nevet Again

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.

Wed, 7 Mar
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Wed, 14 Mar
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£113
Trip: 7 days
Overall 5.0 OK
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.0
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.6
SYD
BNE
Excellent 8.4

The staff were fantastic, very professional, friendly and helpful. On board wine and food was surprising with some gluten and dairy free options and a sparkling Tempus Two.

I purchased MoveMe to allow me to change to an earlier flight if my schedule changed. It did, and I arrived at the airport over an hour before the earlier flight was due to depart. I attempted to use the MoveMe option at the check in Kiosk and discovered it is not available at the kiosk. On speaking to a ground staff member, she advised that I was in plenty of time to move to the earlier flight, she confirmed that on a recent print out there were quite a few seats available and I simply had to go to the Service Desk.... which had a queue of approx. 8 people. Unfortunately, it took approx 20 mins to get served and it was now too late to get on the flight. If Tigerair are not resourced to efficiently manage face to face service then the MoveMe option must be available through the kiosk. This was an incredible waste of my time with well over 2 hours spent at the airport.

CBR
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

I booked because of the price... unfortunately

The plane was delayed 3.5 hours, no text and no message, even though it had been delayed from earlier in the day. The ground staff were disinterested and in no way apologetic... Nevet Again

SYD
BNE
OK 5.3

New Generation 737 aircraft. Leg room good. Boarding fast with Queue-Jump.

Third successive time my prepaid meal hasn’t been delivered. Never get a refund. Cabin crew pretty average. Captains & First Officers need more practice in simulator on smoother touchdowns!

SYD
MEL
OK 5.6

Flight was delayed

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, 5 Jun
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Sat, 9 Jun
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£117
Trip: 5 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 74 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 2.3

Cute flight attendants.

Unexpected fees for baggage. $255 additional fees!!! Charge for soft drinks and water! Lost my bag to rub salt in the wound. Unhelpful and disrespectful counter staff! Customer service is clearly not part of company training or culture. Nearly impossible to get customer service via website. I had better luck getting a phone number using google. I travel nearly every week on business and have never experience such poor service. I will never fly this third world airline again.

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

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

SYD
CNS
Good 7.0

Good seat and small load so could move around

No entertainment and charges for everything.

Mon, 5 Feb
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Fri, 9 Feb
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£122
Trip: 5 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 74 reviews
Overall
6.1
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.9
Crew
6.7
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.0
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
Good 6.0

Luggage fees

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.3

Cute flight attendants.

Unexpected fees for baggage. $255 additional fees!!! Charge for soft drinks and water! Lost my bag to rub salt in the wound. Unhelpful and disrespectful counter staff! Customer service is clearly not part of company training or culture. Nearly impossible to get customer service via website. I had better luck getting a phone number using google. I travel nearly every week on business and have never experience such poor service. I will never fly this third world airline again.

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

Over 1.5 hours to check our bags, delays, baggage fees

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

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

Sun, 29 Apr
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Tue, 1 May
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£132
Trip: 3 days
Overall 5.0 OK
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.0
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.6
SYD
BNE
Mediocre 2.0

Don’t be stupid there’s nothing to like

Left us waiting for two hours then cancelled us at 8 pm Sunday night

SYD
BNE
Excellent 8.4

The staff were fantastic, very professional, friendly and helpful. On board wine and food was surprising with some gluten and dairy free options and a sparkling Tempus Two.

I purchased MoveMe to allow me to change to an earlier flight if my schedule changed. It did, and I arrived at the airport over an hour before the earlier flight was due to depart. I attempted to use the MoveMe option at the check in Kiosk and discovered it is not available at the kiosk. On speaking to a ground staff member, she advised that I was in plenty of time to move to the earlier flight, she confirmed that on a recent print out there were quite a few seats available and I simply had to go to the Service Desk.... which had a queue of approx. 8 people. Unfortunately, it took approx 20 mins to get served and it was now too late to get on the flight. If Tigerair are not resourced to efficiently manage face to face service then the MoveMe option must be available through the kiosk. This was an incredible waste of my time with well over 2 hours spent at the airport.

PER
SYD
Excellent 10.0

Everything was great!

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
OK 5.6

Flight was delayed

Thu, 17 May
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Sun, 20 May
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£130
Trip: 4 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 74 reviews
Overall
6.1
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.9
Crew
6.7
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.0
SYD
CNS
Good 6.0

Luggage fees

SYD
CNS
Good 7.0

Good seat and small load so could move around

No entertainment and charges for everything.

SYD
CNS
OK 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 2.0

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

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.3

Cute flight attendants.

Unexpected fees for baggage. $255 additional fees!!! Charge for soft drinks and water! Lost my bag to rub salt in the wound. Unhelpful and disrespectful counter staff! Customer service is clearly not part of company training or culture. Nearly impossible to get customer service via website. I had better luck getting a phone number using google. I travel nearly every week on business and have never experience such poor service. I will never fly this third world airline again.

Wed, 11 Apr
SYD
CNS
3h 10m
Wed, 18 Apr
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£153
Trip: 8 days
Overall 5.0 OK
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
7.0
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.6
SYD
MEL
OK 5.6

Flight was delayed

CBR
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

I booked because of the price... unfortunately

The plane was delayed 3.5 hours, no text and no message, even though it had been delayed from earlier in the day. The ground staff were disinterested and in no way apologetic... Nevet Again

PER
SYD
Excellent 10.0

Everything was great!

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.

BNE
SYD
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing.

Refusal to tell us what was happening. Left stranded

Tue, 19 Dec
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Sun, 24 Dec
CNS
SYD
5h 10m
£235
Trip: 6 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 39 reviews
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
SYD
CNS
Excellent 9.0

The egg and lettuce sandwich was fresh and delicious! A bigger serving would have been nice. The Cadbury biscuit chocolate was also a perfect match with a coffee.

The inflight entrainment could have been more extensive. For example the big fat Greek wedding advertised in the inflight magazine wasn't available as a selection.

SYD
CNS
Excellent 8.6

Staff polite and helpful at boarding desk

Poor food selection

SYD
CNS
Good 6.0

First class was dirt

SYD
CNS
Excellent 9.0

Mostly everything

The seats were a bit cramped.

SYD
CNS
Excellent 8.0

Nice that they had a tasty snack with a chocolate biscuit

Alcoholic beverages would be better if

Wed, 20 Dec
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Mon, 25 Dec
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£193
Trip: 6 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 74 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
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.

SYD
CNS
Good 6.0

Luggage fees

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

Over 1.5 hours to check our bags, delays, baggage fees

Sat, 23 Dec
SYD
CNS
26h 05m
Sat, 30 Dec
CNS
SYD
10h 55m
£357
Trip: 8 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 39 reviews
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
SYD
CNS
Good 6.0

Nice people but the seats are close so very tight fit for anyone over 5"5'

SYD
CNS
Excellent 9.0

Mostly everything

The seats were a bit cramped.

SYD
CNS
Excellent 8.0

Nice that they had a tasty snack with a chocolate biscuit

Alcoholic beverages would be better if

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
Excellent 8.6

Staff polite and helpful at boarding desk

Poor food selection

Thu, 28 Dec
SYD
CNS
3h 05m
Mon, 1 Jan
CNS
SYD
2h 55m
£290
Trip: 5 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 74 reviews
Overall
6.1
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.9
Crew
6.7
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.0
SYD
CNS
Good 6.0

Luggage fees

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.3

Cute flight attendants.

Unexpected fees for baggage. $255 additional fees!!! Charge for soft drinks and water! Lost my bag to rub salt in the wound. Unhelpful and disrespectful counter staff! Customer service is clearly not part of company training or culture. Nearly impossible to get customer service via website. I had better luck getting a phone number using google. I travel nearly every week on business and have never experience such poor service. I will never fly this third world airline again.

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
OK 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 7.0

Good seat and small load so could move around

No entertainment and charges for everything.

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