Cheap flights to Cairns, Australia

BOS — CNS
Feb 4 — Feb 111

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Flights to Cairns in 2023

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Round-trip from$1,796From New York to Cairns
One-way from$1,325One-way flight from New York to Cairns (CNS)

Cheap flights to Cairns in January, February 2023

The best prices found for CNS flights for January, February
Feb 25 - Jun 2
EWR

Newark

CNS

Cairns

2 stops

27h 55m
CNS

Cairns

EWR

Newark

2 stops

24h 49m
$2,336

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/28

Feb 25 - Jun 2
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

CNS

Cairns

3 stops

40h 50m
CNS

Cairns

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

2 stops

35h 23m
$2,498

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/28

Feb 26 - Mar 5
LGA

New York LaGuardia

CNS

Cairns

3 stops

53h 05m
CNS

Cairns

LGA

New York LaGuardia

2 stops

40h 45m
$2,607

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/29

Cairns 2023 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns found for this year
Aug 6 - Aug 19
EWR

Newark

CNS

Cairns

2 stops

28h 55m
CNS

Cairns

EWR

Newark

2 stops

40h 59m
$1,632

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/27

Aug 4 - Aug 12
EWR

Newark

CNS

Cairns

2 stops

27h 30m
CNS

Cairns

EWR

Newark

2 stops

40h 59m
$1,783

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/29

May 8 - May 19
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

CNS

Cairns

2 stops

60h 50m
CNS

Cairns

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

2 stops

51h 25m
$1,796

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/27

One-way flights to Cairns

The cheapest one-way flights to Cairns
Jul 13
EWR

Newark

CNS

Cairns

2 stops

42h 00m
$1,325

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/29

Jul 13
EWR

Newark

CNS

Cairns

2 stops

42h 00m
$1,338

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/30

Jul 17
EWR

Newark

CNS

Cairns

2 stops

27h 10m
$1,401

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/28

Reviews of Airlines Servicing Cairns

Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Crew

9.4

Food

7.4

Overall

8.4

Entertainment

7.1

Comfort

8.8

Boarding

9.0

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews
Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Crew

9.4

Food

7.4

Overall

8.4

Entertainment

7.1

Comfort

8.8

Boarding

9.0

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

ANA
8.2
Very good
27 reviews
Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Crew

9.4

Food

7.4

Overall

8.4

Entertainment

7.1

Comfort

8.8

Boarding

9.0

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

Singapore Airlines
8.0
Very good
203 reviews
Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Crew

9.4

Food

7.4

Overall

8.4

Entertainment

7.1

Comfort

8.8

Boarding

9.0

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

United Airlines
7.6
Good
1,159 reviews
Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Crew

9.4

Food

7.4

Overall

8.4

Entertainment

7.1

Comfort

8.8

Boarding

9.0

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

American Airlines
7.4
Good
1,667 reviews
Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Crew

9.4

Food

7.4

Overall

8.4

Entertainment

7.1

Comfort

8.8

Boarding

9.0

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

What is the cheapest month to fly to Cairns?

The cheapest ticket to Cairns found for each month in 2023 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

$2,289

February

$1,545

March

$1,602

April

$1,437

May

$1,710

June

$1,887

July

$1,774

August

$1,449

September

$1,458

October

$1,635

November

$1,373

December

$2,879

At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to Cairns is currently November; with December being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to Cairns?

Average Cairns flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2023 and 2024 by month

NYC - CNS

Price

$1,372 - $3,669

CNS

Temperature

69.8 - 80.6 °F

CNS

Rainfall

0.8 - 16.9 inches

Which day is cheapest to fly to Cairns?

The cheapest flights to Cairns are usually found when departing on a Tuesday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Friday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Cairns?

Cairns flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight at noon. Booking a flight in the evening will likely mean higher prices.

Cairns is perhaps Australia’s most unabashed tourist-friendly city. Every year, more than two million travelers take cheap flights to Cairns for its near-perfect climate and its proximity to the jaw-droppingly awesome attractions of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Cairns is the only place in the world where two World Heritage Areas meet.

Cairns city is a great base and has plenty to occupy tourists while they’re between reef or rainforest trips. There’s a wonderful Esplanade that includes a swimming lagoon (open between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily), an amphitheatre, picnic and barbecue spots, walking trails, a children’s playground called Muddy’s and shops, restaurants and markets both day and night.

Just 2.5 miles from the centre of the city are the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Lush and very, very green, these 38km of gardens are made up of the Flecker Gardens and Centenary Lakes where a boardwalk will wind you through mangroves and tropical rainforest. Behind the gardens, Mt Whitfield Conservation Park is more than 300 hectares of forested mountain range.

Cairns, Australia climate

There are two seasons – a wet season that runs from November to May (summer) and a dry season that starts about June and stretches to October (winter). January, February and March are the wettest months and there is the greatest chance of cyclones between December and April. Temperatures are pretty stable throughout the year. Daytime temps range between 57 and 79 degrees in the dry season while visitors can expect temperatures of between about 75 to 91 degrees during the wet season. Tourists should bear in mind that the Marine Stinger season stretches from November to May.

Best Time to Fly to Cairns, Australia

July to October is high season. 

Wet season is low season and runs from November to April when there are torrential rains and humidity levels are high. If you’re willing to brave the rains it’s a good time to book cheap flights to Cairns and take up the discounts offered by tour operators, hotels and apartments. Divers will experience the best underwater visibility during the “wet” months, more than 164 feet sometimes. Stinger (Box jellyfish) Season is November-May and bathers should ensure that they follow the lifeguards’ advice about swimming within enclosures and between lifeguard flags. 

May and June are shoulder months.

Getting around Cairns, Australia

Cairns’s city center is small enough to walk around, but if you are planning on getting out to the Daintree National Park (a three-hour drive north of Cairns) or Kuranda Village (a 40-minute drive), renting a car is best. There are car-rental desks at Cairns Airport. Alternatively, you could take a four-wheel drive (4WD) tour. Several companies offer 4WD tours to the most popular destinations including Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation, Cape York, Undara National Park and Chillagoe. If you’re visiting the region during the wet season (November-April) a four-wheel drive is the best way of getting around. Sunbus is the bus service around Cairns. There are eight routes, serving destinations such as the Botanic Gardens, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

Cairns, Australia Travel Information

Walsh’s Pyramid is located about 12 miles south of Cairns. It’s the highest freestanding natural pyramid in the world. At 3025 feet high, it is a popular, if strenuous, hike. 

Crystal Cascades is a little-known freshwater swimming hole in a tropical rainforest. To get there, drive to Redlynch, and then follow the signs to Crystal Cascades. When you see the Red Beret Pub, you’ll be just 6 miles from the swimming hole. 

Josephine Falls are considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tropical North Queensland. Take the Bruce Highway, then drive towards Mount Bartle Frere, Queensland’s highest mountain. You’ll see signs to the falls. 

If you’re in Cairns between May and October, grab a picnic and catch a film at the Starry Night Cinema in the Flecker Botanic Gardens. The local film club screens non-mainstream films for a $10 entrance fee. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the film starts at 7.30 p.m. 

Fitzroy Island is just 45 minutes from Cairns. Just 339 hectares, of which 324 is designated Fitzroy Island National Park. It’s a castaway island where you can snorkel, hike, or kayak.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Cairns?

Travelers will need to book flights to Cairns (CNS) if they wish to fly to Cairns. The Cairns airport is 2.8 mi from the city center.

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