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Cairns Airport

General information

Cairns Airport is an international airport in the northeast of Australia. Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia offer daily flights to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Cairns Airport is known as the closest airport to the Great Barrier Reef.


Where is Cairns Airport situated?

Cairns Airport is located close to the sea, north of Cairns. It is situated close to the Captain Cook Highway 1 and Cairns Western Arterial Road 91.

How many terminals does Cairns Airport have?

Cairns Airport has two Terminals. Terminal 1 is for international flights, Terminal 2 for domestic flights. The terminals are located east of the single runway and are within walking distance from each other.

Airport Map



The distance from Cairns Airport to the centre of Cairns is 7 kilometres. By car, it takes 15 minutes to get to the centre of Cairns.

From CNS Airport to Cairns City centre by Car
7 km
15 min

Travel by car

Public transport

Unfortunately, there are no public transport possibilities at this airport. Check out our transportation page for other ways to travel from the airport to the city.

Bus services

You can also choose for an airport express bus service at Cairns Airport. Learn more about your travel options, travel time and where to buy tickets.

Bus services

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Cairns Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Cairns is about A$ 30.-. Book your taxi at Cairns Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From CNS Airport to Cairns City centre by Taxi
7 km
15 min
A$ 30.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At Cairns Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty (The Hertz Corporation) and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Cairns Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Cairns Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Cairns Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Cairns Airport.

Flight tickets

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Which airlines fly from and to Cairns Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Cairns Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Qantas
  • Jetstar Airways
  • Air Niugini
  • Regional Express Airlines
  • Tigerair Australia


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Cairns Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Edge Apartments Cairns, Cairns

The Edge Apartments Cairns is situated in Cairns only 200 metres from the Esplanade and the Coral Sea. It has 2 outdoor pools and spacious air-conditioned apartments. Each unit at the Edge has a flat-screen TV.


The Lakes Resort - Cairns, Cairns

Located in Cairns, The Lakes Resort - Cairns provides accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, a restaurant and access to a garden with an outdoor pool. Situated 4.


Lilybank Guest House, Cairns

Offering an outdoor pool, barbecue and terrace, Lilybank Guest House is situated in Cairns. Free private parking is available on site. Guests enjoy free continental breakfast. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV.

Hotels in Cairns

Looking for the best hotels in Cairns? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Shangri-La Hotel The Marina Cairns, Cairns

The 5-star Shangri-La Hotel offers luxury accommodation with stunning views of the Cairns Marlin Marina. It features an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi internet access. Shangri-La is located just a 10-minute drive from Cairns Airport.


ibis Styles Cairns, Cairns

Located in the city centre, ibis Styles Cairns is just a 7-minute walk from both the beautiful Esplanade and Lagoon swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is included.


Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, Cairns

Centrally located at the northern end of Cairns iconic waterfront Esplanade, Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort features 311 stylish rooms and suites, three restaurants and bars including Cairns’ highest rooftop bar, Rocco, an expansive lagoon...

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Cairns Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


Cairns: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

Discover the vibrant history of Cairns and its rich cultural heritage on this half-day sightseeing tour of the city and surrounding area with a local friendly guide.


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway & Kuranda from Port Douglas

This special 1-day package combines the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway experience with a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Learn about the ancient rainforest at Skyrail and the pioneering history of Cairns from the train with transfers from Port Douglas.

Tour & transport

From Cairns: Rainforest & Nocturnal Wildlife Tour

Explore the rainforest when it really comes alive - at night! On this small-group tour see nocturnal animals such as platypus, musky rat kangaroos, Boyd's forest dragons, rainforest birds, butterfliea, flying foxes and more!


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