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 ME1 to CNS flight in 2022: compare Melbourne to Cairns flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Cairns.

ME1 - 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

Round-trip from

$251

From Melbourne to Cairns

One-way from

$229

One-way flight from Melbourne to Cairns

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

Flying to your destination on a Thursday can be more expensive, but this shouldn’t discourage you from finding affordable options to get to Cairns. Check prices with Cheapflights to find a great deal for your trip.

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

Find a great deal and save up to 23% by booking at least 38 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 $399.

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

The best pricing can be found in the month of May. Prices to Cairns from Melbourne average $337. You can even find prices in May for less than $337, as users have found deals to Cairns from as low as $196. The month of December appears to be one of the more expensive times to travel to Cairns from Melbourne. Flying in the targeted month can save you up to 36%.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Melbourne to Cairns (ME1 - 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 January, February 2022

The best prices found for Melbourne to CNS flights in January, February
23 Jan. - 27 Jan.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$206

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 13/1/22

10 Feb. - 17 Feb.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$209

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 12/1/22

4 Feb. - 14 Feb.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$210

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 12/1/22

Melbourne to Cairns 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from Melbourne found for this year
23 Jan. - 27 Jan.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$206

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 13/1/22

2 Apr. - 9 Apr.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 30m
$207

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 10/1/22

10 Feb. - 17 Feb.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$209

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 12/1/22

Direct flights to Cairns from Melbourne

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

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$206

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 13/1/22

2 Apr. - 9 Apr.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 30m
$207

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 10/1/22

10 Feb. - 17 Feb.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$209

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 12/1/22

Last-minute flights from Melbourne to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns from Melbourne, departing today and this week
23 Jan. - 27 Jan.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$206

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 13/1/22

23 Jan. - 28 Jan.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$214

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 13/1/22

19 Jan. - 22 Jan.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$215

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 12/1/22

One-way flights to Cairns from Melbourne

The cheapest one-way flights from Melbourne to Cairns
20 Mar.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$104

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 11/1/22

4 Feb.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$105

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 10/1/22

7 Mar.
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$106

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 11/1/22

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, 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 $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 $206, but on average you can expect to pay $224.

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 $224.

Are there last-minute flights available from Melbourne to Cairns for under $300?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Melbourne to Cairns within the next 7 days for less than $300.

What days are direct flights available from Melbourne to Cairns?

Direct flights can be found on the following days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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 8 flights from Melbourne to Cairns a day.
Early Morning (Midnight to 6am) - 25% of flight departures
Afternoon (Midday - 6pm) - 50% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 25% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Melbourne to Cairns?

Airlines like Jetstar fly from Melbourne to Cairns in about 3h 15m. 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 $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 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 Qantas Airways(84%), Emirates(84%) or China Southern(84%), 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 $76. While the most popular route (Melbourne - Cairns) can be booked for $207 on average our data indicates $802 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.

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$476
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time74%
COVID-19 safety
Qantas Airways
Cheapest$289
Average$560
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time74%
COVID-19 safety
Virgin Australia
Cheapest$329
Average$519
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
14%of flight departuresEarly morningMidnight to 6 am
69%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
17%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
0%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
Sunday23daily flights
Monday23daily flights
Tuesday16daily flights
Wednesday18daily flights
Thursday16daily flights
Friday23daily flights
Saturday22daily flights