Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea is full of life, fascinating culture and natural beauty. Lush mountain ranges are home to colourful birds and the pristine waters have plenty of marine life, making it a great destination to dive, snorkel and fish. It’s a diverse nation and tribal traditions are alive in the smaller villages and music and dance is an important part of daily life. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy from golf, swimming, diving and bird watching and enjoy local seafood cooked on hot coals. PNG is a wonderful place to explore.View our PNG travel guide
Flights from Cairns (CNS) to Port Moresby (POM)
Reasons to fly with Qantas
Visiting from Cairns to Port Moresby
When to visit
Papua New Guinea has two distinct seasons, the wet and dry. Between May and October are the driers months, making it the best time to visit Port Moresby. Temperatures range from 28 to 32°C, making it a good time to go diving, snorkelling, hiking and bird watching.
What is the main airport called?
Port Moresby International Airport (POM). Also known as Jacksons International Airport. Is an international airport located 8 km outside Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
Arriving in Port Moresby
The friendly staff at Port Moresby Airport will greet you when you land and assist you with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Port Moresby from Port Moresby Airport
Getting into Port Moresby from the airport is easy, thanks to the range of transport options available. Choose from taxis, bus, hotel shuttle, private transfer or car rental. Taxi is a comfortable option and takes about 20 to 25 minutes to get to Port Moresby. Taxis are located outside the terminal and they are not metered, so it’s best to agree on a rate with your driver first. Another option is to organise a hotel shuttle to your accommodation or book a private driver. It's possible to rent a car to see the sights at your own pace.
Getting around Port Moresby
Thanks to Port Moresby’s variety of transport options, it is easy to travel around the city. Walking along Ela Beach and the markets is a nice option to take in the sights. The PMV mini buses (Public Motor Vehicles) service all parts of the city and is a cheap way to travel. Buses have the route number printed on them and it’s easy to ask locals where the buses go. There are car rental companies available, though the roads are unsealed, so it's best to take a taxi. It’s possible to hail one on the street or get your hotel to call one for you. Dive boats, dinghy’s and ferries are other scenic ways to explore coastal areas in Papua New Guinea or you can join a tour.
Fly from Cairns
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.Opens external site in a new window Located 8km (5 miles) from the city centre, Cairns Airport (CNS) is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport and Terminal 2 - domestic airport.
Passengers on Qantas flights from Cairns are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
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