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Flights from Cairns (CNS) to Philadelphia (PHL)

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Visiting from Cairns to Philadelphia

Philadelphia travel information

Philadelphia is a large, bustling, yet quaint city rich in history and packed with culture. Philly as it’s affectionally known, has excellent museums devoted to the Constitution, the American Revolution and Benjamin Franklin. This US city has plant of outdoor spaces, including the Sprawling Fairmount Park ensures nature and greenery are both within easy access, and the bicycle and jogging paths of the Schuylkill River Trails. During your visit, to sample the city’s best food attractions, be sure to visit the Reading Terminal Market and the South 9th Street Italian Market. You’ll find everything from pizza, cheesesteak sandwich or salty pretzel. There is plenty to explore in Philadelphia.

When to visit

Best time to visit Philadelphia

The best time to visit Philadelphia is March through to May. During springtime the weather us beautiful, parks are in full bloom and perfect to walk around the city or visit the Philly craft beer festival. Summer is the busiest time in terms of visitors, though it can get very hot. In the summer months the Philadelphia Pride Parade is on as well as live music event for the 4th of July festival. Winter in Phily gets really cold, though you can join in the holiday festivals from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Philadelphia Int. Airport (PHL),Opens external site in a new window also known as PHL, is an important airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The airport is located 16 km southwest from downtown Philadelphia, next to Delaware River. PHL Airport has seven terminal buildings. 

Arriving in Philadelphia

The helpful staff at Philadelphia Airport will be waiting to greet you when you land and assist you with all your needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.

Getting into Philadelphia from Philadelphia Airport

Getting into Philadelphia from the airport is easy, with many transport options available to suit your needs. Public transport options include the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, SEPTA, provides train service between Center City and the Airport on the Airport Regional Rail Line. Trains run every 30 minutes. The Airport is also served by three SEPTA bus routes located outside of baggage claim. A number of car rental facilities are conveniently located at Philadelphia International Airport.  Rental agencies provide frequent free shuttles between all bag claims and their rental car facility.  All rental car shuttles pick-up from Zone 2 on Arrivals Road. If you plan to use Uber, Lyft, or another app-based ride service after landing at PHL, proceed through Baggage Claim and follow the Ground Transportation signs for Ride App/Zone 7. Taxicabs are readily available and provide service to the Philadelphia metro area and surrounding counties.

Getting around Philadelphia

There are many ways to get around Philadelphia to see the city by foot, bike, bus and more. When visiting Philly, it is a must to walk through the Reading Terminal Market, or to see the Liberty Bell. Peddler’s Village and Longwood Gardens are other interesting sites too. The city layout is simple to master and the neighbourhood streets are filled with fun and diverse shops, restaurants, museums, parks and people, so it great to walk around. Philadelphia has become one of the most bike-friendly big cities in the country with dedicated bike lanes on city streets. The most convenient way to see some of the city’s top attractions is aboard the Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop hop and hop off bus. Public transport options include the SEPTA, buses and the trolley lines. You can also hail a taxi, rent a car or take an Uber of Lyft for a convenient way to navigate Philadelphia.

Departure information

Fly from Cairns. Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Cairns, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your upcoming trip.

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 and Terminal 2 - domestic airport.

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Passengers on Qantas flights from Cairns are allocated a baggage allowance. If you require extra luggage for your trip, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.

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Passengers travelling from Cairns, ensure you check-in online or via the Qantas App before you arrive at the airport from 24 hours before departure.

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Can I cancel my flight booking 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.

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