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Flights from Cairns (CNS) to Seattle (SEA)

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Baggage included in every fare

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Visiting from Cairns to Seattle

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Seattle, also known as the Emerald City for its green spaces, scenic hikes, mountains and forests. Be sure to explore Discovery Park, hike Mount Si and make a day trip to Mount Rainier to take in the alpine meadows. Seattle is not only home to Microsoft and Amazon, the city has so much to offer from major attractions, dozens of wineries and one of the greatest art destinations. No visit is complete without a trip up Space Needles for amazing views over the city, explore Pike Place Market, one of the oldest farmers markets with fresh produce, take a cruise for scenic views of the city and explore Chihuly Garden and Glass. Seattle has plenty on offer in the Pacific Northwest.

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When to visit

The best time to visit Seattle is during summer, from June through to August with clear, dry days. It's the perfect time to enjoy views from the Space Needle, visit the city parks or hop on a ferry for a lovely way to see the city. Temperatures average around 23°C. Winters are very cold and wet, though it’s the holiday season and the city comes alive with Christmas events. It’s a good time to enjoy a show at a theatre or sip on a winter brew at a local brewery. Temperatures drop to 2°C and 8°C.

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Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA).Opens external site in a new window It is the primary airport serving the Seattle metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Washington. The airport is in the city of SeaTac, approximately 23 km south of Downtown Seattle.

Arriving in Seattle

The staff at Seattle 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 Seattle from Seattle Airport

Getting into Seattle from the airport is easy with various transport options available. Choose from light rail, taxis, bus, app-based ride services, shuttles and an array of car rental companies. By bus, King County Metro has routes that serve Seattle and the best way to get to the bus stop is to take the walkway through the north end of the 4th floor of the airport parking garage. Sound Transit offers several express bus routes, 560 and 574 and the travel time is around 45 minutes. Light rail is a great option from the airport to downtown Seattle with frequent services. The station is on the 4th floor of the parking garage. Its best to buy an ORCA card to use on bus, light rail and train within Seattle. Hotels offering courtesy shuttles will pick up customers on the courtesy island shuttle lane, or you can organise a door to door shuttle service with one of the many providers. Taxis are a convenient option taking just 20 minutes to get down town or you may wish to book a ride share service such as Uber, Lyft or Wingz through the app. Pick up is located on the 3rd floor of the parking garage and is an efficient way to get to your destination.

Getting around Seattle

Seattle is easy to navigate with a wide variety of transport options. Link light rails makes trips from Angle Lake Station to the University of Washington through downtown Seattle, with regular services. King County Metro Transit provides a bus service in downtown Seattle and outlying neighbourhoods in King county. Seattle streetcars run throughout the city stopping near shops and restaurants and Lake Union’s waterfront park. The iconic Seattle Centre Monorail travels between Westlake Centre in downtown and Seattle Centre, and is a scenic way to get around. Five train routes service Seattle’s King Street Station, just south of downtown. Its best to buy an ORCA card to use on streetcars, light rail and buses. Taxis, limos and ride share apps operate throughout the city, if you wish to book an Uber or Lyft, they can be scheduled through the app. Rental cars are available in town, or you can rent a car by the hour with car sharing services. Seattle is a bike-friendly city. If you’re visiting, it’s easy to find a ride no matter where you are. Open your Uber app and select the bike option from the top menu to quickly reserve one.

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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.

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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. Visit Booking changes 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 contact anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.

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.