Airfare to Cairns, Australia
Without the Great Barrier Reef and nearby rainforest, Cairns wouldn’t be much of a city. Thankfully, this northern Queensland destination has been blessed with both sea-and-land attractions, and hoards of tourists eager to visit them both.
Airfare to Cairns will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Brisbane, Australia. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Jetstar Airways and Virgin Blue fly to Cairns. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Sydney or Melbourne, Australia, or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Qantas is the national airline. However, Continental Airlines, Cathay Pacific and other airlines also stop in Cairns.
The most expensive air tickets to Cairns are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Brisbane, Australia and traveling overland to Cairns via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Cairns, check out BootsnAll’s Cairns Travel Guide.