The cheapest times to fly from CAN to CNS are

  • February 12th to July 15th (except the weeks of February 19th, March 5th, and March 19th)
  • August 27th to September 23rd
  • October 29th to November 18th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from CAN to CNS is mid May. Prices can be as high as $1543 for Saturday flights during late January, or as low as $442 for Wednesday flights around mid May.


When to Fly to Cairns

Flying from Guangzhou (CAN) to Cairns (CNS) will usually cost between $615 to $1164 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid May with an average ticket price of $617. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late January, with an average price of $1245. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $628 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $760 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CAN to CNS flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the CAN to CNS route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

CAN to CNS Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CAN to CNS flight is cheaper than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Guangzhou. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Cairns, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Guangzhou. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $195 (21%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $690. Return trip prices are from the CNS to CAN flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from CAN to CNS can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 7 hour 21 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking CAN to CNS

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from CAN to CNS — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Sydney (CAN > SYD > CNS)

  • Price for both tickets: $670
  • Average savings: $91 (11.91%)

See CAN to MEL flights

Hack #2: Melbourne (CAN > MEL > CNS)

  • Price for both tickets: $682
  • Average savings: $78 (10.26%)

See CAN to SYD flights

Hack #3: Singapore (CAN > SIN > CNS)

  • Price for both tickets: $694
  • Average savings: $66 (8.68%)

See CAN to SIN flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from CAN to CNS? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan, JAL, Lufthansa, Qantas, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Cairns International Airport to Baiyun International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3541 miles or 5699 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from CAN to CNS?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CAN to CNS flight is about 7 hour 21 minutes.

How many flights go between Guangzhou and Cairns?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 10 available flights from CAN to CNS.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeCAN
Origination airport nameBaiyun International Airport

Return Airport

Destination codeCNS
Destination airport nameCairns International Airport


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