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Travel time from Cairns to Brisbane



Cairns to Brisbane airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Cairns to Brisbane? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Brisbane, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.


Tuesday, 4:26 pm:  start in Cairns
drive for about 9 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 5:00 pm at the latest

4:35 pm:  Cairns International (CNS)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 5:30 pm

4:50 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

5:20 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

5:35 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

5:50 pm:  board American Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:15 pm:  wheels up! take-off from CNS
fly for about 2 hours in the air

8:29 pm (local time):  Brisbane International (BNE)
Brisbane is the same time as Cairns
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

8:44 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BNE
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 30 minutes to your destination

9:14 pm (local time):  arrive in Brisbane

Total travel time: 5 hours




Flying non-stop from Cairns to Brisbane

How far is Brisbane from Cairns? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 863 miles or 1389 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 14 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 4 hours, 48 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.4x faster, and saves you about 3 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.




Airlines that fly to Brisbane

We picked American Airlines Inc. for your main flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  2. Jetstar Airways Pty Limited (JQ)
  3. Qantas Airways Ltd. (QF)
  4. Finnair Oy (AY)
  5. Japan Air Lines Co. Ltd. (JL)
  6. British Airways Plc (BA)
  7. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (CX)




Plan a trip to Brisbane

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Brisbane, Australia. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Brisbane. A great place to eat might be Alfred & Constance. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Brisbane like South Bank Parkland. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Brisbane like What is your favorite restaurant in Brisbane? Click the button below to explore Brisbane in detail.






What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Brisbane to Cairns, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Cairns to Brisbane road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Cairns to Brisbane?

If you happen to know Cairns, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Cairns!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 863 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 14 minutes
69 Cairns travel answers
67 Brisbane travel answers

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