Cheap flights to Great Barrier Reef

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16 Aug — 23 Aug1
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Flights to Great Barrier Reef in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inAprilHigh demand for flights, 10% potential price rise
Cheapest inNovemberBest time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average price$890Average for return flights in August 2022
Return from$842From Auckland Intl to Cairns
One-way from$351One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to Great Barrier Reef

Cheap flights to Great Barrier Reef in August, September 2022

The best prices found for CNS flights for August, September
14 Sep - 28 Sep
AKL

Auckland Intl

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

13h 40m
CNS

Cairns

AKL

Auckland Intl

1 stop

27h 55m
$1,056

Qantas Airways

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

14 Sep - 28 Sep
AKL

Auckland Intl

CNS

Cairns

2 stops

17h 55m
CNS

Cairns

AKL

Auckland Intl

1 stop

15h 15m
$1,094

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

Great Barrier Reef 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Great Barrier Reef found for this year
22 Oct - 26 Oct
AKL

Auckland Intl

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

8h 45m
CNS

Cairns

AKL

Auckland Intl

1 stop

14h 15m
$842

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

18 Nov - 25 Nov
AKL

Auckland Intl

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

19h 05m
CNS

Cairns

AKL

Auckland Intl

1 stop

30h 30m
$852

Qantas Airways

Pick Dates

Deal found 10/8/22

27 Oct - 29 Oct
AKL

Auckland Intl

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

10h 40m
CNS

Cairns

AKL

Auckland Intl

1 stop

8h 45m
$853

Qantas Airways

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

When is the best time to fly to Great Barrier Reef?

Average Great Barrier Reef flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month

AKL - CNS

Price

$846 - $1,389

CNS

Temperature

21 - 27 °C

CNS

Rainfall

20 - 430 mm

When is the best time to book a flight to Great Barrier Reef?

Booking 60 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to Great Barrier Reef. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Great Barrier Reef?

The cheapest day to fly to Great Barrier Reef is usually Saturday. At the moment, Sunday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Great Barrier Reef?

Flights in the evening are typically the cheapest time of the day to fly to Great Barrier Reef. Flights at midday are usually the most expensive.

How long is the flight to Great Barrier Reef?

If you want to fly to Great Barrier Reef, Australia, a nearby city you’ll land at is Cairns, in Far North Queensland. The city is known as the gateway to the reef. You can reach Cairns from Auckland in about 5h 30min, which is a quick way to get there from New Zealand. There are plenty of other routes, which can take up to 29h, depending on the layovers. You can also leave from Wellington, and these flights can take from about 8h 45min to up to 29h. If you prefer to leave from Christchurch, the routes can take from roughly 10h to just over 28h.

Are there direct flights to the Great Barrier Reef?

You can usually find direct flights from New Zealand to Cairns Airport (CNS), Cairns, a few days a week, leaving from Auckland Airport (AKL). These flights are one of the fastest ways to travel there. Unfortunately, they’re also the only direct flights from New Zealand, so if you want to leave from Wellington Airport (WLG) or Christchurch Airport (CHC), you’ll have to make at least one stop on the way. The time difference between the quicker one-stop flights out of Wellington and the direct flights from Auckland is around 3h, so it doesn’t make sense to drive the 8h or so from the south of North Island up to the top to catch a direct flight; this naturally applies even more to Christchurch.

How do you get from Cairns Airport at the Great Barrier Reef to the city centre?

If you book Great Barrier Reef flight deals and land at Cairns Airport, it will obviously take you some time to get to the reef itself, given that it’s about 260 km out to sea. You can do this by taking the Line 110 bus from the airport and then one of the many ferry trips offered in the city. To simply get from the airport to the Cairns town centre will take only about 7min to make the roughly 7 km trip if you catch the Jayride airport shuttle.

What are some things to do at the Great Barrier Reef?

The Great Barrier Reef is itself the main attraction here, drawing thousands of visitors from around the globe. It’s one of the world’s most famous natural wonders. It’s part of Great Barrier Marine Park, which holds other attractions for tourists. The Whitsunday Islands are great places for snorkelling and scuba diving and offer accommodation from luxury resorts to small eco-retreats. It’s also where you’ll find one of the most acclaimed beaches in the world, Whitehaven Beach, which is over 7 km long. Reef cruises and sailing trips are also on offer, or you can take a helicopter or seaplane flight to view the sheer scale of the reef. Green Island Resort has Marineland Crocodile Park, and to explore WWII forts and lots of koalas, head to Magnetic Island National Park.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to Great Barrier Reef Airport?

Holders of New Zealand citizenship don’t need anything more than a passport to visit Australia. As soon as you land, you’ll pass through passport control and automatically receive a special category visa for New Zealanders. All you’ll need to do is show your passport; you might be asked to prove that you have a return ticket, but this is unlikely.

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