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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Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS)

MEL - CNS
Price
$233 - $426
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

$233

From Melbourne to Cairns

One-way from

$205

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 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 $348.

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 $309. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of March for as cheap as $179. 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 March, April 2021

16 Apr - 23 Apr
$236pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
13 Apr - 26 Apr
$248pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
16 Apr - 23 Apr
$251pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Melbourne to Cairns 2021 flight deals

16 Apr - 23 Apr
$236pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
13 Apr - 26 Apr
$248pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
16 Apr - 23 Apr
$251pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Direct flights to Cairns from Melbourne

16 Apr - 23 Apr
$236pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
13 Apr - 26 Apr
$248pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
16 Apr - 23 Apr
$251pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Last-minute flights from Melbourne to Cairns

13 Mar - 20 Mar
$278pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
11 Mar - 18 Mar
$306pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
13 Mar - 20 Mar
$310pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

One-way flights to Cairns from Melbourne

02:00 - 14:45
Multiple Airlines
1 stop
12h 45m
MEL - CNS
Multiple Airlines
$205
Kiwi.com
02:00 - 07:25
Qantas Airways
1 stop
5h 25m
MEL - CNS
Qantas Airways
$225
mytrip.com
15:10 - 11:50
Virgin Australia
1 stop
20h 40m
MEL - CNS
Virgin Australia
$253
FlyFar

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Flight FAQs

From Melbourne to Cairns

Can I find flights from Melbourne to Cairns for under $256 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Melbourne to Cairns for under $256. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Jetstar for just $236, but on average you can expect to pay $265.

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.

Are there direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns for under $256 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns under $256. A good price for a direct flight from Melbourne to Cairns is less than $265.

Are there last-minute flights available from Melbourne to Cairns for under $384?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Melbourne to Cairns within the next 7 days for less than $384.

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 less rainfall in 2 compared to Cairns over the next 9 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 $326, Jetstar can have you in Cairns from Melbourne in 3h 15m. Most flights are nonstop.

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

Jetstar, at $236, was found to be the cheapest airline from Melbourne to Cairns.. Jetstar is 24% 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 $112. Users have also found prices from $154 and $225 on Jetstar and Virgin Australia, respectively.

Alternative routes for Melbourne to Cairns

Destination information for Cairns

Flight duration
3h 22m
Average temperature for March in Cairns
30.0 °C
Avg rainfall for March in Cairns
362.0 mm

Airports servicing Melbourne

Airports servicing Cairns

Top 4 airlines flying from Melbourne to Cairns

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

Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 47% of flight departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 40% of flight departures
Morning 6 AM to midday 13% of flight departures
Afternoon Midday to 6 PM 0% of flight departures
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Weekly flight availability
from Melbourne to Cairns
Sunday
8 daily flights
Monday
8 daily flights
Tuesday
4 daily flights
Wednesday
4 daily flights
Thursday
7 daily flights
Friday
8 daily flights
Saturday
5 daily flights
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