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Flights from Cairns to Brisbane

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Departure Wed, 24 Jul Return Wed, 31 Jul
CNS Cairns
BNE Brisbane
return from $146
Departure Tue, 13 Aug Return Tue, 20 Aug
CNS Cairns
BNE Brisbane
return from $187
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The laid-back yet elegant culture of Brisbane is food for the soul.

Local currency and cost comparison
Train
Local, one-way ticket
20%

Trains in Brisbane are 20% cheaper than in Cairns.

Cairns
$4.75
Brisbane
$4
Meal
Mid-priced restaurant
30%

The average meal is 30% more expensive in Brisbane than in Cairns.

Cairns
$15.5
Brisbane
$20
Taxi
Standard daytime start rate
40%

Taxis are 40% more expensive in Brisbane than in Cairns.

Cairns
$2.9
Brisbane
$4
Coffee
Regular cappuccino
5%

Coffee in Brisbane is 5% cheaper than in Cairns.

Cairns
$4.58
Brisbane
$4.34
( Cairns airports
  • ? Cairns International Airport (CNS)
    How far from city centre: 48 kms
) Brisbane airports
  • ? Brisbane Airport (BNE)
    How far from city centre: 21 kms
L Distance: 1424 kms

Going to and from the airports

Flights from Cairns

Cairns is known as the gateway to the largest coral reef system in the world and home of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest. It is also home to Australia's sixth busiest international airport, Cairns Airport, which is the primary international entry into the region as it connects Far North Queensland to various parts of Australia and the world.

The airport handles international and domestic flights through two terminals. T1 is the International Terminal while T2 is the Domestic Terminal. Free Wi-Fi is available in both terminals for a limited time. A variety of shopping and dining options can be found in the departure lounge.

Directions to Cairns airport

Cairns Airport operates cheap flights from Cairns to Brisbane. The airport is situated 4.3 km northwest of the city, roughly 7 km north of its central business district. A cost-efficient way to get to the airport is by taking a bus service operated by Sun Palm Transport called Airport Connect. For this service you'll have to pre-book your tickets online and catch the bus at the C9 Bus Stop on Sheridan Street. You can also take the Airport Shuttle Bus, however this transport service must be booked at least 48 hours prior to the intended date of travel.

Reaching Brisbane

Referred to as Australia's 'new world' city, Brisbane is filled with ultra-hip attractions. Catch a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane for a stunning 60-minute bird's eye view of the city and the river. At the riverfront you'll find luxurious venues fit for special occasions. Residing in the city's South Bank cultural precinct are the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum and Sciencentre.

Of course, a trip to Brisbane wouldn't be complete without visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you'll come face to face with koalas, wombats, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, and other Australian wildlife.

Getting to the city center

When travelling from Cairns to Brisbane you'll land at Brisbane Airport. Airtrain provides transfers between the domestic and international passenger terminal, plus also operates transit services from the airport to locations throughout the City and the Gold Coast. Taxi ranks can be found on Level 2 of the international terminal at the northern end of Arrivals and in front of the domestic terminal.

Uber also provides airport pick-up services any time of the day or night. Another way to leave the airport is via Con-X-ion Airport Transfers, which provides coach services to Brisbane city, the Gold Coast, Brisbane Cruise Terminal and the Sunshine Coast.