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Flights from Brisbane to Cairns

BNE - CNS route map BNE to CNS. All flight routes from Brisbane International, Australia to Cairns International, Australia. These routes are operated by 3 different airlines. You can either fly non-stop or choose from 2 different transit flights. The shortest flight time is 2 hours and 20 minutes.

BNE Brisbane
AustraliaBrisbane, Australia
CNS Cairns International
AustraliaCairns, Australia
AustraliaBrisbane, Australia
AustraliaCairns, Australia

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Non-stop routes:


Non-stop with Jetstar. 3-4 flights per day.

2h 20m

Non-stop with Qantas. 3-8 flights per day.

2h 25m

Virgin Australia
Non-stop with Virgin Australia. 4-5 flights per day.

2h 30m


1 stop routes with the same airline:


Via Townsville TSV
1 stop with Qantas. 1-3 flights per day.

4h 05m

Via Mackay MKY
1 stop with Qantas.

4h 48m


Brisbane to Cairns flights

With over 89 flights every week and 4 different airlines you have a wide option of flights to choose from. You can fly non-stop to Cairns (CNS) from Brisbane (BNE) with Jetstar, Qantas or Virgin Australia or you can choose the stopover option via Townsville (TSV).

Brisbane to Cairns with Jetstar

You can fly non-stop every weekday with flights departing between 6 am and 21 pm.

With Qantas

You can fly non-stop every weekday with flights departing from 5 am to 20 pm. You also have the option to do a transit flight via Townsville. Qantas is a member of the air alliance OneWorld.

With Virgin Australia

You can fly non-stop every weekday with flights departing from 6 am to 21 pm.

Miles & flight time: BNE - CNS

The shortest flight time between BNE and CNS is 2 hours and 20 minutes.

ViaTotal flight timeLayover timeMiles
Direct2h 20m-870 (1400 km)
Direct2h 25m-870 (1400 km)
Direct2h 20m-870 (1400 km)
TSV Townsville4h 5m55m873 (1405 km)
The flight times and layover times in the table above are approximate and varies depending on flightnumber, aircraft, airline, weather and time of day.BNE-CNS flight routesBrisbane to Cairns flight routes illustrated on a map.
Brisbane - Cairns route map and flight paths

You can fly to Cairns (CNS) from Brisbane (BNE) non-stop with Jetstar, Qantas or Virgin Australia. The flight takes approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes. If you travel with a connecting flight instead, for example via Townsville, the total flight time will be 4 hours and 5 minutes.

If you are interested in direct flights, you can choose from Jetstar, Qantas or Virgin Australia. If you choose to fly with stops instead you can fly with Qantas.

The flight time between Brisbane, BNE and Cairns International, CNS, is 2 hours and 20 minutes. The distance is 873 miles (or 1405 kilometers).

Yes, you can fly non-stop to CNS from BNE with Jetstar, Qantas or Virgin Australia.

A codeshare agreement means that cooperating airlines are able to sell seats on each other’s flights. This means that you are able to travel to more destinations than your airline of choice normally offers. Codeshare flights are also beneficial because of the seamless transits you can get with connecting flights from the same airline. The downside of choosing a codeshare flight can be that you in some cases can’t upgrade codeshare flights or use elite benefits.

A connecting or transit flight means that you reach your final destination through two or more flights – in other words a non-direct flight. You will change to a new aircraft after your first flight, this may include moving to another terminal at the airport aswell. The time required to transfer passengers and luggage between flights is called Minimum Connecting Time (MCT) and are always taken into account here on

If you bought your whole flight on a single ticket, the airline will book you on the next available connecting flight.

With connecting flights, checked in luggage is most commonly forwarded to your final destination when buying a single ticket for both flights.

If you miss your connecting flight due to circumstances outside your control such as your first flight being delayed, you should turn to your airline who will provide you with a seat on the next available flight. This is usually done free of charge, and only applies if you purchased your trip as one ticket. If the next connecting flight is the following day, the airline usually provides accommodation and meals.