Cheap flights from Melbourne to Cairns

MEL — CNS
9 Aug — 16 Aug1
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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 to Cairns (CNS)

All the information you need to plan the best ME1 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$312From Melbourne to Cairns
One-way from$101One-way flight from Melbourne to Cairns

What is the cheapest day to fly return from Melbourne 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 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 to Cairns 1-2 weeks in advance for as low as $420, or $446 for flights within the next 24 hours.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Melbourne 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 in February are about $398 on average during February, but can be found for as low as $234.

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

Unlike in the evening, when flights are generally more expensive, you can save up to 12% on flights from Melbourne 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 Melbourne to CNS flights in August, September
29 Aug. - 10 Sep.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$276

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 02.08.22

30 Aug. - 10 Sep.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$293

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 02.08.22

30 Aug. - 9 Sep.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 30m
$310

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 03.08.22

Melbourne to Cairns 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from Melbourne found for this year
2 Nov. - 9 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$221

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 02.08.22

2 Nov. - 9 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$228

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 03.08.22

10 Dec. - 16 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$229

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 02.08.22

Cheap Jetstar flights from Melbourne to Cairns

2 Nov. - 9 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$221

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 02.08.22

2 Nov. - 9 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$228

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 03.08.22

10 Dec. - 16 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$229

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 02.08.22

Direct flights to Cairns from Melbourne

Save time with Melbourne to Cairns direct flight deals
2 Nov. - 9 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$221

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 02.08.22

2 Nov. - 9 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$228

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 03.08.22

10 Dec. - 16 Dec.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$229

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 02.08.22

Last-minute flights from Melbourne to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns from Melbourne, departing today and this week
9 Aug. - 10 Sep.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

8h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$351

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 03.08.22

10 Aug. - 17 Aug.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

10h 30m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$379

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 04.08.22

10 Aug. - 17 Aug.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

9h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$384

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 03.08.22

One-way flights to Cairns from Melbourne

The cheapest one-way flights from Melbourne to Cairns
14 Nov.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$101

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 02.08.22

19 Oct.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$108

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 03.08.22

10 Oct.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$111

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 03.08.22

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?

For a flight from Melbourne to Cairns, you will be flying into Cairns. Cairns (CNS) is just 4.4 km from the centre vof the city. Cairns is the only Cairns airport and it handles 20 inbound flights from Melbourne per day. 4 airlines have flights to Cairns from Melbourne on a regular basis.

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 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 $221, but on average you can expect to pay $251.

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

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns under $300. A good price for a direct flight from Melbourne to Cairns is less than $251.

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

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

What days are direct flights available from Melbourne to Cairns?

Direct flights can be found on the following days: Tuesday.

How popular is this Melbourne to Cairns flight route?

The Melbourne to Cairns flight path was viewed by 15,071 users in the past month. Keep an eye out for changes in search interest prior to high and low season.

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

On average, you can expect to see 1 flight from Melbourne to Cairns a day.
Morning (6am - Midday) - 100% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Melbourne to Cairns?

Airlines like Jetstar fly from Melbourne to Cairns in about 3h 20m. The time it takes to get you to your destination is usually consistent. 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 round-trip?

Our cheapest airline available from Melbourne to Cairns is Jetstar. Our recent data shows that you can find tickets from as low as $221 on this airline. Jetstar is priced at 44% lower than the current average price of a flight leaving 3 months from now.

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

Consider Jetstar, Qantas Airways or Tigerair Australia when booking your flight. These represent the most popular airlines when flying from Melbourne to Cairns.

What are the most reliable airlines from Melbourne to Cairns?

No one likes to see their flight delayed. When booking a flight from Melbourne to Cairns consider choosing Singapore Airlines(68%), China Southern(58%) or Air New Zealand(58%), as they are the most reliable in getting you off to your destination on time.

What are the cheapest flights from Melbourne to Cairns?

Looking at all options, your cheapest flight can be booked for $108. While the most popular route (Melbourne - Cairns) can be booked for $226 on average our data indicates $792 when flying from Melbourne to Cairns.

Alternative routes for Melbourne to Cairns

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.
Mildura to Cairnsfrom $735 pp

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
JetstarCheapest$182Average$383FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time74%COVID-19 safety
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Virgin AustraliaCheapest$183Average$389FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time80%COVID-19 safety
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Tigerair AustraliaCheapest$208Average$345FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time81%COVID-19 safety
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Qantas AirwaysCheapest$284Average$583FlexibilityNo 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
6%of flight departuresEarly morningMidnight to 6 am
66%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
24%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
4%of flight departuresEvening6 pm to midnight
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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
Sunday21daily flights
Monday22daily flights
Tuesday17daily flights
Wednesday17daily flights
Thursday21daily flights
Friday23daily flights
Saturday22daily flights