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Airports in Cairns

Cairns International Airport (CNS)


The primary airport for Northern Queensland, the recently-expanded Cairns International Airport has a reputation as an efficient gateway for flights from destinations in Asia and the Pacific Ocean islands.

Located 4.3 miles (7km) outside of Cairns, the airport has two passenger terminals handling a combined 3.5 million passengers per year. Many of these are tourists coming to explore the wonders of the Queensland coast, including the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and the 110-million-year-old Daintree Rainforest.

Cairns International is small, and passengers will not find luxury amenities like hair salons and massage parlours, however there are hot showers available. Restaurant and shopping options are also very limited.


The airport is situated five miles (8km) north of Cairns.

Getting to the city

There is an airport shuttle bus service to hotels and the city centre and taxi ranks are located directly outside the arrival halls. Most major hotels operate courtesy bus services to and from the airport.


GMT +10.


Tel: +61 (0)7 4080 6703.

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Cairns International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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