The cheapest times to fly from CNS to MSN are

  • January 22nd to March 4th
  • April 23rd to June 17th
  • late July
  • October 15th to November 25th

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 CNS to MSN is mid October. Prices can be as high as $2439 for Friday flights during early January, or as low as $981 for Wednesday flights around mid October.


When to Fly to Madison

Flying from Cairns (CNS) to Madison, WI (MSN) will usually cost between $1084 to $2078 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid October with an average ticket price of $1174. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $2227. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1053 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1328 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CNS to MSN flight.

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

CNS to MSN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CNS to MSN flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Cairns. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.09, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MSN, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into CNS. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $232 (12%) 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 $1303. Return trip prices are from the MSN to CNS 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 CNS to MSN can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 16 hour 44 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from CNS to MSN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, IL

  • 108 miles (174 km) away from MSN
  • Usually 0.34% less expensive than MSN
  • 1-layover flights available

See CNS to ORD flights


Flight Hacking CNS to MSN

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 CNS to MSN — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Minneapolis, MN (CNS > MSP > MSN)

  • Price for both tickets: $1316
  • Average savings: $12 (0.9%)

See CNS to flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 9 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, Air New Zealand, American, Cathay Pacific, Delta, JAL, Qantas, United, Virgin Australia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Dane County Regional-Truax Field Airport to Cairns International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8755 miles or 14090 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CNS to MSN flight is about 16 hour 44 minutes.

How many flights go between Cairns and Madison, WI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 11 available flights from CNS to MSN.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code CNS
Origination airport name Cairns International Airport
City Cairns
Country Australia
Latitude -16.9
Longitude 145.8

Return Airport

Destination code MSN
Destination airport name Dane County Regional-Truax Field Airport
City Madison, WI
Country the United States
Latitude 43.1
Longitude -89.3


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