How to get to Cairns


Where is Cairns . . .

Cairns is located on the east coast of Northern Queensland around 1,700km north of Brisbane and 2,420 km north of Sydney by road.

Getting to Cairns

Cairns is easily accessed via the international airport with direct flights from the major cities of Australia and New Zealand as well as from several Asia-Pacific countries including Hong Kong, China and Japan. Alternately, international flights connect via Brisbane or Sydney airports.

From Australia: Virgin Australia Airlines, Jetstar Airways and Qantas operate direct flights to Cairns from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne; and Jetstar Airways offers direct flights from Perth.

From New Zealand: Jetstar Airways and Air New Zealand operate direct flights to Cairns from Auckland; and Virgin Australia Airlines offers connecting daily flights via Brisbane.

From the UK: The most convenient 1-stop flights are from London Heathrow either on Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong or on JAL via Tokyo Narita connecting on Jetstar Airways to Cairns.

From the USA: The most convenient 1-stop flights are from New York Kennedy either on Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong or on JAL via Tokyo Narita connecting on Jetstar Airways to Cairns. From Los Angeles, the most convenient direct flights are on Qantas via Sydney connecting on Jetstar Airways to Cairns; or on V Australia to Brisbane connecting on Virgin Australia to Cairns.

Flight time to Cairns

Brisbane to Cairns is 2 hours 20 minutes, direct flight
Sydney to Cairns is 3 hours 15 minutes, direct flight
Melbourne to Cairns is 3 hours 25 minutes, direct flight
Perth to Cairns is 4 hours 10 minutes, direct flight

Auckland to Cairns is 5 hours 35 minutes, direct flight
London to Cairns is 24 hours 25 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Cairns is 26 hours 10 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Cairns is 18 hours 50 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Cairns International Airport is located 8km north of Cairns. An airport shuttle bus services the major hotels and the city centre. Cairns International and Domestic airports are only 10 minutes drive from the Central Business District. Most major hotels operate courtesy bus services to and from the airport. Taxis and hire cars are also available.

Entry requirements to Australia

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel and sufficient funds. A visa is required, except for those with Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) valid for 90 days. ETAs are obtainable online at:

Getting around

On foot and by bicycles, which are easily hired. Buses, taxis and hire cars are all available. Tours operators provide a variety of transport options.
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