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Flights from Townsville (TSV) to Cairns (CNS)

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Townsville (TSV) to Cairns (CNS)

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Visiting Cairns

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Townsville to Cairns travel information

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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When to visit

Best time to visit Cairns

While it’s favoured in the dry season for its moderate temperatures and low humidity, Cairns is a great place to visit all year round. If you don’t mind tropical storms, make the most of affordable airfares from Townsville to Cairns between November and March. Or, if you’re hoping to soak up the sunshine, visit between April and October, when warm days and mild nights make for an idyllic holiday.

Flight information

Townsville to Cairns flight information

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.

Departure information

Fly from Townsville to Cairns

Before you fly from Townsville to Cairns, there are a few things you should know to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.

What is the main airport called?

Townsville Airport. Townsville AirportOpens external site in a new window is located 6km (3.7 miles) from the city of Townsville. The airport is also known as Townsville International Airport and Garbutt airport. Qantas flights QF400 and above operate from this terminal.

Baggage allowance

Checked baggage is included on all Qantas flights from Townsville to Cairns. If you think you may exceed your baggage allowance, additional baggage can be pre-purchased online to save on airport excess baggage rates.

Checking in

Ahead of your flight from Townsville to Cairns, you can check in up to 24 hours in advance using our mobile and online check-in. Alternatively, visit a kiosk or desk at the terminal to check in before boarding.

Arrival information

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 (Qantas flights QF1-QF399) and Terminal 2 - domestic airport (Qantas flights QF400 and above). 

Arriving in Cairns

Once you disembark off your flight from Townsville, the friendly Qantas staff at Cairns Airport will be ready and waiting to help get you on your way.

Getting into Cairns from Cairns Airport

Cairns Airport has a number of convenient transport options available, ranging from public transport to private limousines. Airport shuttle services are available to most hotels and resorts in the region, while taxi ranks and rideshare pick-up zones can be found just beyond the terminal building.

Getting around Cairns

After you’ve arrived in Cairns, there are a number of ways to explore. TransLinkOpens external site in a new window the city’s transport network, runs local bus services throughout the region, with route maps and timetables available online. If you’d rather explore beyond the city limits, a number of car hire providers can be found at the airport.

Why Qantas

Fly in comfort with Qantas

When you fly from Townsville to Cairns with Qantas, you can be sure your every need is looked after, from take-off to touch down.

Seamless check-in

Begin your journey the way that best suits you with a wide range of check-in options to choose from.

Included baggage

Pack everything you need for the trip ahead with checked baggage included on all Qantas flights. To find out how much you can take on your journey, use our helpful baggage calculator to find out more.

Can I cancel my flight booking from Townsville to Cairns 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.

Important information

* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi 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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~ This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 28 February 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 28 February 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.