Cheap Flights from Cairns to Darwin

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Cairns to Darwin Flight Info

Cheapest return ticket price

AU$368
Cairns(CNS) ⇒ Darwin(DRW)

Cheapest direct flight price

AU$172
Cairns(CNS) ⇒ Darwin(DRW)

Peak season for travel

March
AU$717

Off-season for travel

October
AU$100

Price Trends for the Coming 12 Weeks

Cairns (CNS) to Darwin (DRW)

  • Dec

    295
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  • 1319
  • 2026
  • Jan

    272
  • 39
  • 1016
  • 1723
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  • Feb

    316
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When are flight tickets from Cairns (CNS) to Darwin (DRW) the cheapest?

    Airlines adjust prices for flights from Cairns to Darwin based on the date and time of your booking. By analyzing data from all airlines, on Trip.com, you can find the lowest flight prices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
  • How much do flights from Cairns (CNS) to Darwin (DRW) cost?

    According to Trip.com's data, the lowest price is around AU$531.
  • How long does it take to fly from Cairns (CNS) to Darwin (DRW)?

    It takes about 2 hours 59 minutes to fly from Cairns (CNS) to Darwin (DRW).
  • What is the transportation method from the main airport to downtown in Darwin?

    • The distance from Darwin International Airport to downtown is about 6km, by taxi about 20 minutes.
  • What time does the earliest flight from Cairns to Darwin depart?

    The earliest flight departs from Cairns (CNS) at 08:10 and arrives in Darwin (DRW) at 10:15.
  • What time does the latest flight from Cairns to Darwin depart?

    The latest flight departs from Cairns (CNS) at 18:55 and arrives in Darwin (DRW) at 21:00.
  • What are the most popular airlines that fly from Cairns (CNS) to Darwin (DRW)?

    Airlines with flights from Cairns (CNS) to Darwin (DRW): Qantas Airways, Jetstar Airways, Emirates and Airnorth.
  • What's the most popular airline for non-stop flights from Cairns (CNS) to Darwin (DRW)?

    Airnorth operates 80 non-stop flights from Cairns (CNS) to Darwin (DRW).
  • How many airports are there in Darwin (DRW)?

    There are 1 airport(s) near Darwin (DRW): Darwin International Airport.
  • What are some travel guidelines for Darwin during the COVID19 pandemic?

    Entry restrictions and flight schedule changes and cancellations are frequently updated and subject to change. If you plan to travel to Darwin, please obtain the most updated information from the airline you plan to book your travels with. You can also refer to COVID19 Country/Region Entry Restrictions for more information.
  • Which airlines offer free date changes for flights to this city during the COVID19 pandemic?

    There are no airlines with flights to this city that provide this service. Please use this information as a reference only and confirm with the airline prior to booking.
Flight from Cairns to Darwin

Gazing out across the Timor Sea, closer to Bali than to Bondi, Australia’s tropical city and detached from the rest of the country which is just how the locals and tourists like it, is Darwin. Welcome to Northern Territory’s capital with everything from colourful markets, crocodile meetings, beautiful sunset cruises and street-side restaurants and bars with heavy Asian influences. You will also find a strong Aboriginal culture here which fills the city’s galleries and museums. Darwin is known for its cosmopolitan mix and its array of languages spoken in the streets.

Tip: Best time to visit Darwin would be mid-June to mid-October as the weather is relatively dry and cool. 

How to Get There

Darwin’s airport is Darwin International Airport (DRW) and is located 8 km from the city centre. There are 3 direct flights to Darwin and the most popular airline is Qantas Airways. Other airlines include Jetstar, Airnorth and Virgin Australia. Jetstar provides cheap flights from Cairns. Qantas and Airnorth provide connecting flights from Cairns to Darwin with a layover at Brisbane or Gove. There are a total of 7 Cairns to Darwin flights a week.

Public buses, taxis and coaches are available for a commute to city centre from the airport for passengers.

Tip: To get the cheapest airfare rates, please try to book the air tickets in advance for two months.

Top Things to Do 

Despite its remote location on the verge of the Aussie outback, soaked in sultry tropical heat, this Aussie state capital is very multicultural- its rich in aboriginal culture and strong Asian influences in food and other things due to close proximity to Asia.

Darwin’s museums give a glimpse into the city’s rich history from World War II and downtown galleries boast aboriginal art and culture. Dine on fresh-caught seafood, take a stroll through the botanic gardens and check out the shops at the waterfront. Don’t miss the famous Mindil Street sunset markets for some sizzling Szechuan.

If you love sunsets, you will love Darwin! Embrace the vibrant sunsets with a sunset harbour cruise. The Darwin Film Society venue projects both mainstream and art-house movies at the Deckchair cinema under open skies

Wildlife adventures are another top attraction. Watch massive saltwater crocodiles leaping from the water on a cruise on the Adelaide River. Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks are only a few hours’ drives away, and the Tiwi islands are a boat ride away. Berry Springs is another great location close to Darwin where you can enjoy swimming and barbeques.

For locals, the perfect weekend is going fishing for barra in a tinny with a cooler full of beer.

Tip: Big Bus Tours is another great way to see the city’s attractions. Discounts are available if you book online. 

Where to Stay in Darwin

Hotels in Darwin range from 3 stars to 5 stars and best areas to stay in are Stuart Park, Coconut Grove, city centre, Bayview and Larrakeyah. However, there are also resorts, motels, campsites and beach hotels to cater to all needs and tastes.

Customise your search to get the best price for your travel dates on Trip.com. If you’d like to travel on a budget, combine your Cairns-Darwin flight booking with discount hotel reservations for great deals.

  • Plan Your Trip from Cairns (CNS) to Darwin (DRW)

    Darwin attracts thousands of visitors every year for both business and pleasure. Whether you’re taking a last-minute break or a much needed getaway, flights from Cairns to Darwin on Trip.com can help you get there with ease. With Trip.com, you can browse popular airlines with flights to Darwin, check the best season to visit, and preview Darwin attractions before you arrive. With flight deals and exciting attractions waiting for you to explore in Darwin, the best time to book flights from Cairns to Darwin is now! Planning a trip from Cairns to Darwin is easy when you use Trip.com to help you make travel arrangements. Whether you are flying one-way, non-stop, or round-trip, you will find just the flight you need with us. If you want to lock in a great deal for your flights, go for a round-trip flight, if you need flexibility with your itinerary, book a one-way flight to Darwin. With Trip.com, you can search for available flights and hotel rooms, and then make your booking quickly and easily online and on the go. Pack your travel accessories, make a must-see bucket list, and book your flight to Darwin on Trip.com today!

  • A Trip to Remember (CNS—DRW)

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