Getting here

By plane

Cairns International Airport (IATA: CNS, ICAO: YBCS) is the primary international gateway into the region and is also served by many domestic flights. Cairns airport has two terminals; a domestic terminal and an international terminal, both within walking distance from each other.

The international airlines serving Cairns are

  • Jetstar direct from Tokyo-Narita, Osaka-Kansai, Singapore and Bali via Darwin
  • Air Niugini flying from Port Moresby
  • Air New Zealand flying from Auckland
  • Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong 4 times a week
  • Airlines PNG flying from Port Moresby, Tabuil and Mt Hagen
  • Continental Airlines flying from Guam
  • Airfast Indonesia flying from Timika
  • Korean Air flying from Incheon

The domestic airlines serving Cairns are

  • Qantas flying from Horn Island, Weipa, Gove/Nhulunbuy, Alice Springs, Yulara (Uluru), Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane
  • Virgin flying from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane
  • Jetstar flying from Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, Perth, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane
  • Tiger Air flying from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne

The Airport Shuttle bus leaves every 30min into town, costs $10, while a taxi will do the same trip directly to your destination for around $24.

The Reef Backpackers has a Free airport pick up between the hours of 8am and 8pm daily. please contact us to arrange this free service