Downtown San Diego

Flights from Cairns (CNS) to San Diego (SAN)

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Enjoy a meal or snack every time you fly with us, as well as a range of refreshments including beer and wine.

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Baggage included in every fare

Pack more into your trip with checked and carry-on baggage included in every fare.


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Visiting from Cairns to San Diego

When to visit

With an average temperature of 22°C, San Diego is a year-round outdoor playground. The best times to visit are in summer (June to August) to make the most of the many beaches, bays and manicured gardens of Balboa Park. Summer is a popular time to visit with temperatures ranging from 21°C to 25°C. If you prefer fewer crowds, then September is a popular time to visit as the days are warm and low humidity. It's a good time for hiking and enjoying the local Californian cuisine and world-class breweries.

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

San Diego International Airport (SAN).Opens external site in a new window It is an international airport 4.8 km northwest of Downtown San Diego, California, United States.

Arriving in San Diego

The staff at San Diego Airport will greet you when you land and assist with 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 San Diego from San Diego Airport 

Getting into San Diego from the airport is easy with various transport options available. Choose from public transport, taxis, ride share, shuttles, limos or rental hire. By train take the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner from the airport to downtown on route 993, that operate regular services. City bus routes 992, runs from the airport to the city is another option. The San Diego Flyer shuttle is a free service that runs between San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Old Town Transit Centre. San Diego Trolley is San Diego's light rail transit network. Its three lines serve many popular areas and attractions, such as Downtown and the Convention Centre. Taxis are available, simply follow the signs to the transport plaza or use an app based ride share service, for a handy way to get to your destination. Just use the Uber or Lyft apps to request your ride. If you're after a private way to travel it’s possible to organise a limo or hotel shuttle. If you choose to rent a car, there is a shuttle service to take you to the car rental centre.

Getting around San Diego

Traveling around San Diego is easy with a wide range of transport options to suit your needs. If you're planning to explore a wide range of the region, a rental car might be your best option. But, if you opt to stay in the city centre, or want to just relax along the coast, public transport is the way to go. San Diego offers many modes of public transport, with buses serving many routes across the city. If you're staying in and around downtown San Diego, the iconic bright red trolley will take you in and around the city. The trolley provides convenient services from key locations downtown and is a convenient way to travel. COASTER trains connect downtown San Diego and Old Town with regular services. The east-west SPRINTER light rail train system that connects Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido that run every 30 minutes. The Pacific Surfliner is a relaxing and convenient way to travel along the San Diego coastline or you may like to jump in a pedicab for a unique way to explore along the waterfront. Taxis and shuttles operate in town and are a quick and easy wat to get around town, or book an Uber or Lyft ride share service. It's possible to rent a bike for a fun way to see the sights or jump on a ferry for a scenic tour within San Diego Bay. Alternatively, you may wish to rent a car or join a tour. 

Departure information

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.

Baggage allowance

 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.      

Checking in 

Ensure you check-in online or via the Qantas App before you arrive at the airport from 24 hours before departure.

Why Qantas

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Fly with Qantas and enjoy a comfortable journey with familiar smiles waiting to welcome you onboard. 

Included baggage

Enjoy peace of mind knowing baggage is included on all Qantas flights. Find out all you need to know about checked baggage.

Food and drinks on every flight

Enjoy a meal or snack every time you fly with us, as well as a range of refreshments including beer and wine+.

Inflight entertainment

Enjoy a range of entertainment on every flight including TV, the latest movies and more+.

Important Information

Disclaimer: ^ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

Disclaimer: ++ Status Credits are earned on eligible Qantas, Jetstar, oneworld® member and oneworld connect® airlines only - see the Airline Earning Tables and Qantas Frequent Flyer program Terms and Conditions for details. Status Credits may not be earned on some fare types and booking classes. 

Disclaimer: +Meals, beverages, entertainment and offerings vary between flights and cabins. Alcohol offered during select flight times on select flights.