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Flights from Cairns (CNS) to Canberra (CBR)

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Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, or POLi. A fee applies for other payments. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. We will do our best to get you where you want to be on time, but we don’t guarantee flight times or schedules and they aren’t part of our contract with you.

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Visiting Canberra

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Cairns to Canberra travel information

Home to Questacon, Parliament and the Mint, Canberra is often overlooked. Discover a city reinventing itself. Sample fresh produce, hit cool bars or walk through the surrounding nature reserves, fall in love with Canberra, if only for a day. For families a great activity is to hire bikes and cycle or walk around Lake Burley Griffin with the 40km shoreline, and nothing beats a picnic in its numerous parks and gardens.

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When to visit

Best time to visit Canberra

With warm summers and rather cool winters, the nation’s capital is a city of history, art, food and nature just waiting to be discovered all year round – it really comes down to which climate you prefer when exploring. 

Flight information

Cairns to Canberra flight information

The approximate flight time for flights from Cairns to Canberra is 6 hours and 35 minutes.

Departure information

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We want your journey from Cairns to Canberra to be as smooth as possible and the following information will help make that happen. 

What is the main airport called?

Cairns Airport. Located 8km (5 miles) from the city centre, Cairns AirportOpens external site in a new window (CNS) is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport (Qantas flights QF1-QF399) and Terminal 2 - domestic airport (Qantas flights QF400 and above). 

Baggage allowance

Passengers on Qantas flights from Cairns to Canberra are entitled checked baggage. If you need extra luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online before departure. 

Checking in

Passengers travelling from Cairns to Canberra can check in online up to 24 hours in advance or check-in at the airport by visiting a kiosk.

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Canberra Airport. Canberra AirportOpens external site in a new window is located 8 km (5 miles) from the city centre and offers flights to Australia's capital cities, as well as Newcastle, the Gold Coast, Wellington (New Zealand) and Singapore. Qantas flights QF400 and above operate from this terminal.

Arriving in Canberra

When your flight from Cairns to Canberra touches down, you’ll be welcomed by the friendly staff at Canberra Airport. From there, it’s easy to make your way to different parts of the city.

Getting into Canberra from Canberra Airport

Why not rent a car or take a taxi from the fully undercover taxi rank on the ground floor of the terminal building? Transport Canberra also offer bus services between the airport and city centre. Rideshare and transfer services are also available.

Getting around Canberra

With the city's infamous roundabouts and plenty of parking, Canberra is one of the easiest cities to get around by car. Either hire your own or get around with the help of taxis and Uber. Canberra's public bus service, ACTION Buses, services major tourist sites (and there’s a free city loop bus) or take advantage of some of Australia's finest cycle paths by hiring a bike.

Why Qantas

The benefits of flying Qantas

When you fly from Cairns to Canberra, we strive to make you enjoy every moment of your journey, so you arrive feeling refreshed and ready to discover the city.

Seamless check-in

With a number of check-in options designed to suit your needs, it’s easy to get your trip to Canberra off to the right start. Visit a kiosk or desk at Canberra Airport to check in on arrival or use our online and mobile check-in services to check-in for your flight up to 24 hours before departure. 

Included baggage

Baggage is included on your Qantas flight from Cairns to Canberra. Visit the baggage calculator to find out more.

Can I cancel my flight booking from Cairns to Canberra due to COVID-19?

If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.

If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.

If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll be contacting anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.

Important information

* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $22 for Domestic or $120 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.

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 This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 28 February 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 28 February 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.