Cheap flights from Melbourne to Cairns

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The best prices from Melbourne to Cairns are usually found in May or February, booked 42 days in advance, depart on a Tuesday or Wednesday and return on a Thursday

How to find the cheapest flight from Melbourne to Cairns

All the information you need to plan the best MEL to CNS flight in 2021: compare Melbourne to Cairns flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Cairns.

MEL - CNS

Price

$182 - $333

CNS

Temperature

21 - 27 °C

CNS

Precipitation

20 - 430 mm

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 27% potential price rise

Cheapest in

May

Best time to find cheap flights, 25% potential price drop

Average price

$332

Average for round-trip flights in November 2021

Round-trip from

$252

From Melbourne to Cairns

What is the cheapest day to fly return from Melbourne Airport to Cairns?

Departing on a Monday is a good option for securing a great price. You can expect to save up to 10% when planning your travel around this day of the week.

How far in advance should I book a flight from Melbourne Airport to Cairns?

Travellers have found it’s best to book a flight 38 days in advance to save up to 23% compared to booking the same week of travel. As your travel date approaches, the cost of this flight route may potentially increase. While opting to book 38 days out may not be an option for all, there are still additional ways to secure a deal in the near future. You might find a flight from Melbourne Airport to Cairns 1-2 weeks in advance for as low as $400, or $429 for flights within the next 24 hours.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Melbourne Airport to Cairns?

Due to multiple factors, expect to potentially pay more when booking in December. For low rates, May can be a great choice for travel to Cairns. Flights to Cairns from Melbourne Airport in May are about $338 on average during May, but can be found for as low as $197.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Melbourne Airport to Cairns (MEL - CNS)?

Unlike in the evening, when flights are generally more expensive, you can save up to 12% on flights from Melbourne Airport to Cairns by exploring options for tickets in the morning.

Cheap flights from Melbourne to Cairns in November, December 2021

The best prices found for MEL to CNS flights in November, December
28 Nov. - 29 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$223

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 21/11/21

26 Nov. - 27 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 25m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$237

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 23/11/21

26 Nov. - 3 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 25m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$238

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 21/11/21

Melbourne to Cairns 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from Melbourne found for this year
28 Nov. - 29 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$223

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 21/11/21

26 Nov. - 27 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 25m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$237

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 23/11/21

26 Nov. - 3 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 25m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$238

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 21/11/21

Direct flights to Cairns from Melbourne

Save time with Melbourne to Cairns direct flight deals
19 Jan. - 24 Jan.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$206

Jetstar

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Deal found 21/11/21

16 Jan. - 23 Jan.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$210

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 22/11/21

6 Jan. - 27 Jan.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$212

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 23/11/21

Last-minute flights from Melbourne to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns from Melbourne, departing today and this week
29 Nov. - 2 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

6h 05m
$303

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 21/11/21

30 Nov. - 3 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

7h 10m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$313

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 23/11/21

29 Nov. - 1 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

6h 05m
$323

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 24/11/21

One-way flights to Cairns from Melbourne

The cheapest one-way flights from Melbourne to Cairns
9 Jan.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$104

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 21/11/21

11 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$108

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 21/11/21

10 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$134

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 23/11/21

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about Melbourne to Cairns flights.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Cairns from Melbourne?

If you book a flight to Cairns from Melbourne, you will be flying to Cairns, which is the city’s only airport. Cairns (CNS) is located 4.4 km from the centre of Cairns. There are 2 flights from Melbourne to Cairns per day from 4 different airlines.

Which airlines flying from Melbourne to Cairns have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Some of the carriers operating flights from Melbourne to Cairns that may be offering flexible cancellation policies are Jetstar, Tigerair Australia, and Virgin Australia. Our site will let you filter for all airlines offering greater flexibility due to COVID-19.

Can I find flights from Melbourne Airport to Cairns for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Melbourne Airport to Cairns for under $300. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Jetstar for just $206, but on average you can expect to pay $235.

Are there direct flights from Melbourne Airport to Cairns for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Melbourne Airport to Cairns under $300. A good price for a direct flight from Melbourne Airport to Cairns is less than $235.

Are there last-minute flights available from Melbourne Airport to Cairns for under $400?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Melbourne Airport to Cairns within the next 7 days for less than $400.

How popular is this Melbourne Airport to Cairns flight route?

Within the past month, 15,071 users have taken a look at flights from Melbourne to Cairns.

What is the cheapest airline to fly from Melbourne Airport to Cairns return?

Our cheapest airline available from Melbourne Airport to Cairns is Jetstar. Our recent data shows that you can find tickets from as low as $206 on this airline. Jetstar is priced at 38% lower than the current average price of a flight leaving 3 months from now.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from Melbourne Airport to Cairns one-way?

$104 is the cheapest one-way deal found within the past few days, from Jetstar. You may also be able to find cheap deals on Virgin Australia and Qantas Airways, with prices starting from $180 and $332, respectively.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from Melbourne Airport to Cairns?

When booking a flight from Melbourne Airport to Cairns, you may want to consider flying on Jetstar, Qantas Airways or Tigerair Australia as they are the most popular for this route.

What are the most reliable airlines from Melbourne Airport to Cairns?

The top 3 most reliable airlines when flying from Melbourne Airport to Cairns are Virgin Australia (94%), Singapore Airlines (94%) and Etihad Airways (81%).

What are the cheapest flights from Melbourne Airport to Cairns?

On average you can expect to pay $804 for a flight from Melbourne Airport to Cairns. The cheapest flight overall is $76 while the most popular route, (Melbourne - Cairns) is currently priced at $170.

Alternative routes for Melbourne to Cairns

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.

Top 4 airlines flying from Melbourne to Cairns

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users travelling from Melbourne to Cairns choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
AirlineCheapestAverageFlexibilityOn-timeCOVID-19 safety
Tigerair Australia
Cheapest$200
Average$331
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time81%
COVID-19 safety
Jetstar
Cheapest$208
Average$375
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time74%
COVID-19 safety
Qantas Airways
Cheapest$290
Average$561
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time74%
COVID-19 safety
Virgin Australia
Cheapest$330
Average$521
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time80%
COVID-19 safety

Hourly flight availability from Melbourne to Cairns

See what time of day planes typically take off from Melbourne to Cairns
1%of flight departuresEarly morningMidnight to 6 am
66%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
0%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
33%of flight departuresEvening6 pm to midnight
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM

Weekly flight availability from Melbourne to Cairns

See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Melbourne to Cairns
Sunday5daily flights
Monday5daily flights
Tuesday0daily flights
Wednesday0daily flights
Thursday0daily flights
Friday5daily flights
Saturday3daily flights