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Flights from Townsville (TSV) to Cairns (CNS)

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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 PayID. A fee applies for other payments. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Fares displayed are the lowest available and may not apply on direct flights. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines.

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Visiting from Townsville to Cairns

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Unexpectedly cosmopolitan, this would-be beach town defies expectations with world-class restaurants and five-star resorts. For holidaymakers, the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef and the sights and sounds of the Daintree Rainforest provide memories that will last a lifetime.

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Flight information

Townsville to Cairns (TSV to CNS)

QantasLink operates direct flights from Townsville to Cairns, with an approximate flight time of 55 minutes.

How many direct flights go to Cairns from Townsville on a daily basis?

On average, there are 4 flights per day from Townsville to Cairns, and a total of 31 flights per week.

What day of the week has more flights from Townsville to Cairns?

Friday has the highest number of daily flights from Townsville to Cairns.

When to visit

A laid-back tourist town and gateway to Far North Queensland, Cairns (pronounced ‘cans’) experiences hot summers, mild winters and two very distinct seasons – wet and dry. It’s warm all year round and even during the wet season, Cairns is all about boardshorts and the tropical outdoors. 

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Cairns Airport (CNS)Opens in a new tab or window. It is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport and Terminal 2 - domestic airport.

Arriving at Cairns Airport

Once greeted by the friendly staff at Cairns Airport, there are several different transport options available to get you on your way. 

Getting into Cairns

The easiest way to reach the centre of Cairns is via taxi, rideshare, hire cars and buses which can be accessed at terminal. For a more affordable alternative, the cheapest way to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Cairns is to take a shuttle which costs $19 - $40 and takes 8 min for the 6km trip. 

Getting around Cairns

Walking is a great way to see the Cairns CBD and when you want to explore the surrounding areas, hiring a car or taking the local public transport is the best option. You may wish to join one of the many four wheel drive tours that can pick you up and drop you back off at your doorstep, taking you up to the beautiful rainforests or join a boat tour out to the reef.

Departure information

Fly from Townsville

Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Townsville, 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? 

Townsville Airport (TSV).Opens in a new tab or window It is located 6km (3.7 miles) from the city of Townsville. The airport is also known as Townsville International Airport and Garbutt airport. 

Baggage allowance

 Passengers on Qantas flights from Townsville are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.      

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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

* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, PayID 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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Disclaimer: +Meals, beverages, entertainment and offerings vary between flights and cabins. Alcohol offered during select flight times on select flights.