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Cairns Airport

General information

Cairns Airport is an international airport in the northeast of Australia. Qantas, Jetstar Airways 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

It is possible to travel to and from Cairns Airport by public transport. Visit the Cairns Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

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
  • Virgin 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.

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 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.


Mercure 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.


Crystalbrook Riley, Cairns

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

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: Skyrail Cableway to Kuranda and Rail tickets

This tour is a great option to visit Kuranda if you have your own car. Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and enjoy free time to explore Kuranda. Experience the Kuranda Scenic Railway, before being transferred back to your car.


Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail

Visit Kuranda by traveling on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and returning by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Explore the village located in pristine rainforest and enjoy free time visiting markets, shops and food stalls. Marvel at views from the cableway.

Tour & transport

Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Semi-Submarine Catamaran Tour

Escape into a world of surprises on this catamaran tour. Visit a spacious activity platform moored in the Great Barrier Reef, home to coral gardens, marine life, and rainbow-colored tropical fish.


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