Cheap flights from Melbourne Airport to Cairns

MEL — CNS
15 Aug — 22 Aug2
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The best prices from Melbourne to Cairns are usually found in February or January, booked 47 days in advance, depart on a Tuesday or Wednesday and return on a Thursday

How to find the cheapest flight from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS)

All the information you need to plan the best MEL to CNS flight in 2022: compare Melbourne to Cairns flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Cairns.

MEL - CNS

Price

$216 - $348

CNS

Temperature

21 - 27 °C

CNS

Rainfall

20 - 430 mm

Popular inSeptemberHigh demand for flights, 21% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 22% potential price drop
Round-trip from$310From Melbourne to Cairns
One-way from$113One-way flight 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 48 days in advance to save up to 17% 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 48 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 $417, or $443 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 September. For low rates, February can be a great choice for travel to Cairns. Flights to Cairns from Melbourne Airport in February are about $396 on average during February, but can be found for as low as $232.

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 August, September 2022

The best prices found for MEL to CNS flights in August, September
28 Aug. - 1 Sep.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

14h 50m
$295

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

28 Aug. - 1 Sep.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

14h 50m
$298

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

28 Aug. - 1 Sep.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 30m
$303

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

Melbourne to Cairns 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from Melbourne found for this year
24 Nov. - 2 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$225

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

30 Nov. - 1 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$227

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

5 Nov. - 12 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$235

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 10/8/22

Cheap Jetstar flights from Melbourne to Cairns

16 Jan. - 27 Jan.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$217

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

24 Nov. - 2 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$225

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

30 Nov. - 1 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$227

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

Direct flights to Cairns from Melbourne

Save time with Melbourne to Cairns direct flight deals
16 Jan. - 27 Jan.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$217

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

24 Nov. - 2 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$225

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

30 Nov. - 1 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$227

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

Last-minute flights from Melbourne to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns from Melbourne, departing today and this week
15 Aug. - 24 Aug.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$390

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 10/8/22

15 Aug. - 25 Aug.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

9h 15m
$391

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

15 Aug. - 29 Aug.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

11h 45m
$396

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

One-way flights to Cairns from Melbourne

The cheapest one-way flights from Melbourne to Cairns
12 Oct.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

5h 35m
$108

Virgin Australia

Pick Dates

Deal found 10/8/22

31 Oct.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$113

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 7/8/22

9 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$115

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

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 20 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, Virgin Australia, and Tigerair 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 $217, but on average you can expect to pay $257.

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 $257.

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 round-trip?

Our cheapest airline available from Melbourne Airport to Cairns is Jetstar. Our recent data shows that you can find tickets from as low as $217 on this airline. Jetstar is priced at 45% lower than the current average price of a flight leaving 3 months from now.

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 Singapore Airlines (68%), China Southern (58%) and Air New Zealand (58%).

What are the cheapest flights from Melbourne Airport to Cairns?

On average you can expect to pay $833 for a flight from Melbourne Airport to Cairns. The cheapest flight overall is $110 while the most popular route, (Melbourne - Cairns) is currently priced at $217.

Alternative routes for Melbourne to Cairns

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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
Virgin AustraliaCheapest$182Average$390FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time80%COVID-19 safety
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JetstarCheapest$183Average$314FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time74%COVID-19 safety
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Tigerair AustraliaCheapest$207Average$343FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time81%COVID-19 safety
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Qantas AirwaysCheapest$283Average$584FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time74%COVID-19 safety
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Hourly flight availability from Melbourne to Cairns

See what time of day planes typically take off from Melbourne to Cairns
4%of flight departuresEarly morningMidnight to 6 am
69%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
24%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
3%of flight departuresEvening6 pm to midnight
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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
Sunday22daily flights
Monday22daily flights
Tuesday17daily flights
Wednesday17daily flights
Thursday21daily flights
Friday18daily flights
Saturday23daily flights