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

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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 2021: compare Melbourne to Cairns flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Cairns.
MEL - CNS
Price
$242 - $443
CNS
Temperature
26 - 31 °C
CNS
Rainfall
27 - 436 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

Round-trip from

$242

From Melbourne to Cairns

One-way from

$164

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 10%.

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

Find a great deal and save up to 22% by booking at least 39 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 $362.

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 $321. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of March for as cheap as $186. 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 12% on the flight price compared to flying in the evening, which is usually more expensive.

Cheap flights from Melbourne to Cairns in June, July 2021

The best prices found for MEL to CNS flights in June, July
31 Jul - 8 Aug
$208pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
25 Jul - 3 Aug
$214pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
27 Jul - 18 Aug
$241pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Melbourne to Cairns 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from Melbourne found for this year
20 Oct - 17 Nov
$174pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
1 Sep - 8 Sep
$182pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
5 Sep - 11 Sep
$189pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Direct flights to Cairns from Melbourne

Save time with Melbourne to Cairns direct flight deals
20 Oct - 17 Nov
$174pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
1 Sep - 8 Sep
$182pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
5 Sep - 11 Sep
$189pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Last-minute flights from Melbourne to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns from Melbourne, departing today and this week
1 Jul - 31 Jul
$416pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
30 Jun - 2 Jul
$422pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
30 Jun - 2 Jul
$431pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

One-way flights to Cairns from Melbourne

The cheapest one-way flights from Melbourne to Cairns
08:00 - 14:50
Multiple Airlines
1 stop
6h 50m
MEL - CNS
Multiple Airlines
$164
Kiwi.com
08:50 - 12:15
Virgin Australia
Direct
3h 25m
MEL - CNS
Virgin Australia
$173
StudentUniverse
08:20 - 14:50
Jetstar
1 stop
6h 30m
MEL - CNS
Jetstar
$197
mytrip.com

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">Melbourne</span> to <span class="emphasized">Cairns</span> flights.

Flight FAQs

From Melbourne to Cairns

What airports do I use to fly from Melbourne to Cairns?

If you book a flight from Melbourne to Cairns, you will be flying from Melbourne to Cairns. Flights to Cairns (CNS) from Melbourne (MEL) take 3h 20m for a nonstop flight. There are 18 flights from Melbourne to Cairns per day from 4 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 to Cairns for under $266 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Melbourne to Cairns for under $266. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Jetstar for just $174, but on average you can expect to pay $222.

Are there direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns for under $266 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns under $266. A good price for a direct flight from Melbourne to Cairns is less than $217.

Are there last-minute flights available from Melbourne to Cairns for under $532?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Melbourne to Cairns within the next 7 days for less than $532.

What days are direct flights available from Melbourne to Cairns?

You can find direct flights on the following days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

How popular is this flight route?

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

How many flights depart from Melbourne to Cairns on average per day?

Travellers can expect 5 flights from Melbourne to Cairns on average per day.
Morning (6am - Midday) - 60% of flight departures
Afternoon (Midday - 6pm) - 40% of flight departures

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 $175, Jetstar can have you in Cairns from Melbourne in 3h 20m. Melbourne and Cairns are separated by a distance of 2326 km. Most flights are nonstop.

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

Jetstar, at $175, was found to be the cheapest airline from Melbourne to Cairns.. Jetstar is 46% 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 $92. Users have also found prices from $169 and $191 on Jetstar and Virgin Australia, respectively.

Alternative routes for Melbourne to Cairns

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

Destination information for Cairns

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Melbourne to Cairns.
Flight duration
3h 23m
Average temperature for June in Cairns
26.0 °C
Avg rainfall for June in Cairns
39.0 mm

Airports servicing Melbourne

Airports servicing Cairns

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.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Tigerair Australia
$144 $239 No cancel fee 81%

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by Tigerair Australia. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

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Jetstar
$150 $271 No cancel fee 74%
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Virgin Australia
$238 $376 No cancel fee 80%
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Qantas Airways
$209 $406 No cancel fee 74%
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Hourly flight availability from Melbourne to Cairns

See what time of day planes typically take off from Melbourne towards Cairns.
Morning 6 AM to midday 49% of flight departures
Afternoon Midday to 6 PM 31% of flight departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 10% of flight departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 10% of flight departures
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Weekly flight availability
from Melbourne to Cairns
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Melbourne to Cairns.
Sunday
21 daily flights
Monday
19 daily flights
Tuesday
17 daily flights
Wednesday
17 daily flights
Thursday
20 daily flights
Friday
20 daily flights
Saturday
18 daily flights
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