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Cheap flights from Melbourne to Cairns

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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.
ME1 - CNS
Price
$251 - $459
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

$342

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?

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 $398.

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 $336. You can even find prices in May for less than $336, 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 September, October 2021

The best prices found for MEL to CNS flights in September, October
29 Oct - 5 Nov
$386pp
AVV
Melbourne Avalon
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
AVV
Melbourne Avalon

Melbourne to Cairns 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from Melbourne found for this year
29 Oct - 5 Nov
$386pp
AVV
Melbourne Avalon
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
AVV
Melbourne Avalon
2 Dec - 9 Dec
$425pp
AVV
Melbourne Avalon
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
AVV
Melbourne Avalon
15 Nov - 21 Nov
$529pp
AVV
Melbourne Avalon
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
AVV
Melbourne Avalon

Direct flights to Cairns from Melbourne

Save time with Melbourne to Cairns direct flight deals
12 Oct - 23 Oct
$182pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
12 Oct - 23 Oct
$183pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
14 Nov - 19 Nov
$212pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

One-way flights to Cairns from Melbourne

The cheapest one-way flights from Melbourne to Cairns
04:15 - 14:40
Virgin Australia
2 stops
11h 25m
MEL - CNS
Virgin Australia
$342
DreamWorldTravel
16:55 - 05:45
Jetstar
1 stop
13h 50m
MEL - CNS
Jetstar
$400
Agoda.com
02:30 - 13:25
Qantas Airways
2 stops
10h 55m
MEL - CNS
Qantas Airways

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 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 2 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 $200 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Melbourne to Cairns for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Jetstar for just $182, but on average you can expect to pay $248.

Are there direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns under $200. A good price for a direct flight from Melbourne to Cairns is less than $256.

What days are direct flights available from Melbourne to Cairns?

Direct flights can be found on the following days: 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 3 flights from Melbourne to Cairns a day.
Morning (6am - Midday) - 67% of flight departures
Afternoon (Midday - 6pm) - 33% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Melbourne to Cairns?

Airlines like Jetstar and Virgin Australia 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 are the cheapest airlines flying from Melbourne to Cairns return?

Our cheapest airline available from Melbourne to Cairns is Jetstar. Our recent data shows that you can find tickets from as low as $182 on this airline. An additional option worth looking into is Virgin Australia, starting at $248. Jetstar is priced at 45% lower than the current average price of a flight leaving 3 months from now.

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

$91 is the cheapest one-way deal found within the past few days, from Jetstar. You may also be able to find cheap deals on Virgin Australia and Qantas Airways, with prices starting from $171 and $356, respectively.

What are the cheapest flights from Melbourne to Cairns?

Looking at all options, your cheapest flight can be booked for $97. While the most popular route (Melbourne - Cairns) can be booked for $182 on average our data indicates $731 when flying from Melbourne to Cairns

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(94%), Emirates(91%) or China Southern(91%), as they are the most reliable in getting you off to your destination on time.

Destination information for Cairns

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Melbourne to Cairns.
Flight duration from Melbourne to CNS
3h 23m
Average temperature for September in Cairns
28.0 °C
Avg rainfall for September in Cairns
27.0 mm

Airports servicing Melbourne

Avalon (AVV)
Melbourne Essendon (MEB)

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
$199 $330 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
$207 $475 No cancel fee 74%
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Qantas Airways
$289 $559 No cancel fee 74%
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Virgin Australia
$328 $519 No cancel fee 80%
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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 93% of flight departures
Afternoon Midday to 6 PM 6% of flight departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of flight departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 0% of flight departures
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.
Sunday
2 daily flights
Monday
5 daily flights
Tuesday
1 daily flight
Wednesday
1 daily flight
Thursday
1 daily flight
Friday
2 daily flights
Saturday
5 daily flights
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