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The best prices from Melbourne to Cairns are usually found in March or February, booked 60 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)

MEL - CNS
Price
$271 - $455
CNS
Temperature
26 - 31 °C
CNS
Rainfall
27 - 436 mm
Popular in December High demand for flights, 22% potential price rise
Cheapest in March Best time to find cheap flights, 24% potential price drop
Round-trip from ฿271 From Melbourne to Cairns
One-way from ฿211 One-way flight from Melbourne to Cairns
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest day to fly return from Melbourne to Cairns?

Monday is generally a great day to depart. Flying on this day could help you save up to 9%.

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

Find a great deal and save up to 21% by booking at least 61 days prior to your desired departure date, rather than waiting until the week of travel. According to our data, there are a number of flights available from Melbourne to Cairns within the next two weeks, with the cheapest ticket starting at $532.

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

March can be a great time to fly to Cairns from Melbourne with a flight ticket averaging about $356. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of March for as cheap as $221. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December.

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

It’s typically best to fly out from Melbourne to Cairns in the morning. Doing so could potentially save you 15% on the flight price compared to flying in the evening, which is usually more expensive.

Cheap flights from Melbourne to Cairns in September, October 2020

The best prices found for MEL to CNS flights in September, October
13 Oct - 20 Oct
$249pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
13 Oct - 20 Oct
$291pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
13 Oct - 20 Oct
$522pp
MEL
Melbourne
Qantas Airways
   
2 STOPS
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Qantas Airways
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Melbourne to Cairns 2020 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from Melbourne found for this year
7 Dec - 11 Dec
$203pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
7 Dec - 11 Dec
$236pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
13 Oct - 20 Oct
$249pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Direct flights to Cairns from Melbourne

Save time with Melbourne to Cairns direct flight deals
7 Dec - 11 Dec
$203pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
7 Dec - 11 Dec
$236pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
16 Jan - 30 Jan
$237pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

One-way flights to Cairns from Melbourne

The cheapest one-way flights from Melbourne to Cairns
08:00 - 12:20
Virgin Australia
1 stop
28h 20m
MEL - CNS
Virgin Australia
$289
mytrip.com
02:30 - 09:20
Multiple Airlines
1 stop
7h 50m
MEL - CNS
Multiple Airlines
$298
Gotogate
08:00 - 12:40
Jetstar
1 stop
5h 40m
MEL - CNS
Jetstar
$302
Kiwi.com

Related info for your journey

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

Flight FAQs

From Melbourne to Cairns

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

Yes, there are multiple flights from Melbourne to Cairns for under $300. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Jetstar for just $203, but on average you can expect to pay $280.

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

Cheapflights has 13 direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns under $300. A good price for a direct flight from Melbourne to Cairns is less than $271.

How popular is this flight route?

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

Does it rain more in Melbourne or Cairns?

Melbourne will have the same amount of rainfall in 1 compared to Cairns over the next 15 days.

Is Melbourne weather warmer or cooler than Cairns?

You can imagine temperatures to be in the 31 °C range in January. The weather in Cairns is generally hotter than Melbourne's. As flight availability is subject to become more limited as peak season approaches it is ideal to book in a timely manner.

How long does is the flight from Melbourne to Cairns?

For as low as $346, Jetstar can have you in Cairns from Melbourne in 3h 15m. Most flights are nonstop.

What are the cheapest airlines to flying from Melbourne to Cairns return?

Jetstar, at $278, was found to be the cheapest airline from Melbourne to Cairns.Alternate airlines flying return to your destination include Virgin Australia and Qantas Airways. Jetstar is 22% cheaper than the average price of flights available within the next 90 days to this destination.

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

For one-way options, check prices for Jetstar. According to our data, you can fly for as low as $115. Users have also found tickets on Virgin Australia for as little as $223.

Alternative routes for Melbourne to Cairns

Destination information for Cairns

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from Melbourne to Cairns
Flight duration
3h 21m
Average temperature for September in Cairns
28.0 °C
Avg rainfall for September in Cairns
27.0 mm

Airports servicing Melbourne

Airports servicing Cairns

Weekly flight availability
from Melbourne to Cairns
Sunday
1 daily flight
Monday
1 daily flight
Tuesday
0 flights
Wednesday
1 daily flight
Thursday
0 flights
Friday
1 daily flight
Saturday
1 daily flight
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