Darwin to Cairns Flights


Darwin to Cairns Flight Info

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Darwin(DRW) ⇒ Cairns(CNS)

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Darwin(GOV) ⇒ Cairns(CNS)

Frequently Asked Questions

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

    Airlines adjust prices for flights from Darwin to Cairns 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 Darwin (DRW) to Cairns (CNS) cost?

    According to Trip.com's data, the lowest price is around AU$754.
  • How long does it take to fly from Darwin (DRW) to Cairns (CNS)?

    It takes about 3 hours 5 minutes to fly from Darwin (DRW) to Cairns (CNS).
  • What is the transportation method from the main airport to downtown in Cairns?

    • The distance from Cairns Airport to downtown is about 5km, by taxi about 20 minutes.
  • What time does the earliest flight from Darwin to Cairns depart?

    The earliest flight departs from Darwin (DRW) at 06:00 and arrives in Cairns (CNS) at 10:00.
  • What time does the latest flight from Darwin to Cairns depart?

    The latest flight departs from Darwin (DRW) at 18:35 and arrives in Cairns (CNS) at 21:30.
  • What are the most popular airlines that fly from Darwin (DRW) to Cairns (CNS)?

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

    Airnorth operates 138 non-stop flights from Darwin (DRW) to Cairns (CNS).
  • How many airports are there in Cairns (CNS)?

    There are 1 airport(s) near Cairns (CNS): Cairns Airport.
  • What are some travel guidelines for Cairns 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 Cairns, 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.

Darwin (DRW) to Cairns (CNS) Flight Schedule

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Flight from Darwin to Cairns

The Cairns region is the 4th most popular destination for tourists in Australia after Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The city is near to Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics of Queensland, and the Atherton Tableland. Cairns considered as the gateway to Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is the major transport hub in the North Queensland region. Stationed at the base of Cape York Peninsula.

Tip: Cairns is good for beaches any time of the year, though it is best from June to October when it's the driest.

How to get there

Cairns International Airport is 7 km north of Cairns City a 10 to 15-minute drive from the city centre. Cairns is the vital transport hub in the North Queensland region. Stationed at the port of Cape York Peninsula, it provides significant transport connecting the Peninsula and Gulf of Carpentaria regions. The Bruce Highway goes for 1,700 km from Bald Hills on the City of Brisbane's northern boundary and terminates in Woree, a southern suburb in Cairns. The Captain Cook Highway commences at Aeroglen, a northern suburb of Cairns, and runs for approximately 76 km northwest to Mossman.

What to see in Cairns

Endure the culture of the Aboriginal Djabugay people and try some Djabugay cuisine. Experience a didgeridoo show, visit a museum with ancient paintings. The Tully River hosts Australian Canoe and White Water Rafting Championships.

You can also seamlessly glide from land to water in an amphibious vehicle. Enjoy this lush tropical rainforest. Or fly over the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. You can’t go experiencing without visiting the Great Barrier Reef. It’s truly a must when considering the stuff to do in Cairns. There are many ways to travel to the reef. But one of the most recommended things is to take a Voyage with the Sun lover who sends you out on boat out to a vast raft loaded with all of the gear and activities.

Tip: Cairns is good for beaches any time of the year, though it is best from June to October when it's the driest.

Shop and Dine in Cairns

Cairns has a lot of famous shopping locations, from markets offering. Regionally made products to shopping centres with all the newest fashions from your favourite stores. There's a collection of high fashion boutiques providing international and Australian clothes that will have you well dressed. You might look out to some art galleries for something a little more special. Cairns Night Markets is one of the most popular tourist attractions, and it claims 130 stalls and a food court. And it is the ideal place for handmade local gifts & souvenirs.

Tips: Choose when to visit and what to carry on the seasonal climate in Cairns. For more details, Visit a local visitor information centre.

Darwin to Cairns flights are many, so customize your search to get the best prices for your travel dates. If you’d like to travel on a budget, combine your Darwin to cairns flight booking with discount hotel reservations for great deals.

To experience the culture, dining, shopping, unique attractions, and fun experiences, visit Cairns with Trip.com.

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

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