Cheap flights from Cairns to Melbourne

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The best prices from Cairns to Melbourne are usually found in May or April, booked 60 days in advance, depart on a Thursday or Friday and return on a Tuesday

How to find the cheapest flight from Cairns to Melbourne

All the information you need to plan the best CNS to MEL flight in 2021: compare Cairns to Melbourne flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Melbourne.

CNS - MEL

Price

$180 - $290

MEL

Temperature

8 - 20 °C

MEL

Precipitation

30 - 60 mm

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 24% potential price rise

Cheapest in

May

Best time to find cheap flights, 18% potential price drop

Average price

$406

Average for round-trip flights in December 2021

Round-trip from

$252

From Cairns to Melbourne

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

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

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

Travellers have found it’s best to book a flight 35 days in advance to save up to 29% 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 35 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 Cairns to Melbourne Airport 1-2 weeks in advance for as low as $347, or $396 for flights within the next 24 hours.

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

May is one of the best times of the year to fly to Melbourne Airport from Cairns. Prices for May average $308 per person but you can even find prices for as low as $185. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December. Opting for a May flight can save you 32% on your journey compared to booking in May

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

It’s typically best to fly out from Cairns to Melbourne Airport at midday. Doing so could potentially save you 17% on the flight price compared to flying in the evening, which is usually more expensive.

Cheap flights from Cairns to Melbourne in December, January 2021

The best prices found for CNS to MEL flights in December, January
16 Dec. - 15 Jan.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$207

Jetstar

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Deal found 30/11/21

26 Dec. - 9 Jan.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$210

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 30/11/21

21 Jan. - 24 Jan.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$214

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 29/11/21

Cairns to Melbourne 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Melbourne from Cairns found for this year
16 Dec. - 15 Jan.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$207

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 30/11/21

26 Dec. - 9 Jan.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$210

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 30/11/21

11 Dec. - 13 Dec.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$216

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 30/11/21

Direct flights to Melbourne from Cairns

Save time with Cairns to Melbourne direct flight deals
16 Dec. - 15 Jan.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$207

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 30/11/21

26 Dec. - 9 Jan.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$210

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 30/11/21

21 Jan. - 24 Jan.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$214

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 29/11/21

Last-minute flights from Cairns to Melbourne

Late deals on return flights to Melbourne from Cairns, departing today and this week
11 Dec. - 13 Dec.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$216

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 30/11/21

11 Dec. - 10 Jan.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$228

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 30/11/21

11 Dec. - 18 Dec.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 25m
$249

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 30/11/21

One-way flights to Melbourne from Cairns

The cheapest one-way flights from Cairns to Melbourne
29 Dec.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$118

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 30/11/21

22 Dec.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 20m
$122

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 1/12/21

9 Jan.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

7h 05m
$146

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 1/12/21

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about Cairns to Melbourne flights.

What airport do you fly from for flights from Cairns to Melbourne?

For a flight from Cairns to Melbourne, you will be flying from Cairns. Cairns (CNS) is just 4.4 km from the centre of the city. Cairns is the only Cairns airport and it handles 1 outbound flight to Melbourne per day. 4 airlines have flights to Melbourne from Cairns on a regular basis.

Which airlines flying from Cairns to Melbourne have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Some of our airline partners flying from Cairns to Melbourne have new flexible policies in place due to COVID-19. Jetstar, Tigerair Australia, and Virgin Australia are some of the carriers where you may find flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for airlines like Jetstar with this kind of flexibility.

Can I find flights from Cairns to Melbourne Airport for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Cairns to Melbourne Airport for under $300. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Jetstar for just $207, but on average you can expect to pay $239.

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

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Cairns to Melbourne Airport under $300. A good price for a direct flight from Cairns to Melbourne Airport is less than $249.

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

There are currently 15+ open flights from Cairns to Melbourne Airport within the next 7 days for less than $300.

What days are direct flights available from Cairns to Melbourne Airport?

Direct flights can be found on the following days: Thursday, Saturday.

How popular is this Cairns to Melbourne Airport flight route?

Within the past month, 2,995 users have taken a look at flights from Cairns to Melbourne.

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

On average 2 flights depart from Cairns to Melbourne Airport per day.
Morning (6am - Midday) - 100% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Cairns to Melbourne Airport?

There are many flights that can get you from Cairns to Melbourne Airport in 3h 20m. Fly via Jetstar or Virgin Australia to get the fastest option. Cairns and Melbourne Airport are separated by a distance of 2326 km. Most flights are nonstop.

What are the cheapest airlines flying from Cairns to Melbourne Airport round-trip?

Jetstar, at $207, was found to be the cheapest airline from Cairns to Melbourne Airport. An alternate airline flying to your destination would be Virgin Australia. You may be able to fly from Cairns to Melbourne Airport for 32% less than the average price by searching for these airlines.

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

For one-way options, check prices for Jetstar. According to our data, you can fly for as low as $118. Users have also found prices from $146 and $224 on Virgin Australia and Qantas Airways, respectively.

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

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

What are the most reliable airlines from Cairns to Melbourne Airport?

Before booking your flight to Melbourne Airport from Cairns, have a look at the most reliable airlines to get you to your destination on time: Etihad Airways (92%), Virgin Australia (92%), Singapore Airlines( 92%).

What are the cheapest flights from Cairns to Melbourne Airport?

Looking for the cheapest flight from Cairns to Melbourne Airport? While on average our users pay $545, our data indicates the cheapest price to be $76. The most popular route (Cairns - Melbourne), is priced around $207.

Alternative routes for Cairns to Melbourne

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

Top 4 airlines flying from Cairns to Melbourne

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users travelling from Cairns to Melbourne choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
AirlineCheapestAverageFlexibilityOn-timeCOVID-19 safety
Jetstar
Cheapest$192
Average$348
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time74%
COVID-19 safety
Tigerair Australia
Cheapest$195
Average$302
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time81%
COVID-19 safety
Qantas Airways
Cheapest$325
Average$539
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time74%
COVID-19 safety
Virgin Australia
Cheapest$349
Average$472
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time80%
COVID-19 safety

Hourly flight availability from Cairns to Melbourne

See what time of day planes typically take off from Cairns to Melbourne
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80%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
20%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
0%of flight departuresEvening6 pm to midnight
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Weekly flight availability from Cairns to Melbourne

See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Cairns to Melbourne
Sunday2daily flights
Monday4daily flights
Tuesday0daily flights
Wednesday0daily flights
Thursday0daily flights
Friday4daily flights
Saturday2daily flights