Cheap flights from Cairns to Melbourne Airport

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The best prices from Cairns to Melbourne are usually found in February or March, booked 39 days in advance, depart on a Thursday or Friday and return on a Tuesday

How to find the cheapest flight from Cairns (CNS) to Melbourne (MEL)

All the information you need to plan the best CNS to MEL flight in 2022: compare Cairns to Melbourne flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Melbourne.

CNS - MEL

Price

$201 - $390

MEL

Temperature

8 - 20 °C

MEL

Rainfall

30 - 60 mm

Popular inJulyHigh demand for flights, 34% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 22% potential price drop
Round-trip from$286From Cairns to Melbourne
One-way from$110One-way flight 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 34 days in advance to save up to 25% 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 34 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 $387, or $433 for flights within the next 24 hours.

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

February is one of the best times of the year to fly to Melbourne Airport from Cairns. Prices for February average $367 per person but you can even find prices for as low as $214. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of July. Opting for a February flight can save you 51% on your journey compared to booking in July

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 August, September 2022

The best prices found for CNS to MEL flights in August, September
7 Sep. - 31 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 30m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$293

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/10/22

7 Sep. - 31 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

8h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$296

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/10/22

7 Sep. - 31 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 30m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$300

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/10/22

Cairns to Melbourne 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Melbourne from Cairns found for this year
27 Oct. - 31 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$218

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/11/22

17 Nov. - 22 Nov.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$226

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/11/22

14 Nov. - 21 Nov.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$258

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/11/22

Cheap Jetstar flights from Cairns to Melbourne

27 Oct. - 31 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$218

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/11/22

17 Nov. - 22 Nov.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$226

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/11/22

14 Nov. - 21 Nov.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$258

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/11/22

Cheap Virgin Australia flights from Cairns to Melbourne

5 Feb. - 8 Feb.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

9h 35m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

5h 50m
$353

Virgin Australia

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

5 Oct. - 12 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

5h 30m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

5h 35m
$359

Virgin Australia

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/11/22

19 Aug. - 21 Aug.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

13h 00m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

7h 55m
$597

Virgin Australia

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/10/22

Direct flights to Melbourne from Cairns

Save time with Cairns to Melbourne direct flight deals
27 Oct. - 31 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$218

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/11/22

17 Nov. - 22 Nov.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$226

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/11/22

14 Nov. - 21 Nov.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$258

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/11/22

Last-minute flights from Cairns to Melbourne

Late deals on return flights to Melbourne from Cairns, departing today and this week
16 Aug. - 19 Aug.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

21h 45m
$423

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

18 Aug. - 21 Aug.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

6h 30m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$464

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/11/22

16 Aug. - 19 Aug.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

8h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

21h 45m
$477

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

One-way flights to Melbourne from Cairns

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

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$110

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/10/22

6 Dec.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$111

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/9/22

6 Dec.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$113

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/9/22

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 20 outbound flights 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 $218, but on average you can expect to pay $279.

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 $283.

Are there last-minute flights available from Cairns to Melbourne Airport for under $500?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Cairns to Melbourne Airport within the next 7 days for less than $500.

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.

What is the cheapest airline to fly from Cairns to Melbourne Airport round-trip?

Jetstar, at $218, was found to be the cheapest airline from Cairns to Melbourne Airport.. You may be able to fly from Cairns to Melbourne Airport for 40% less than the average price by searching for this airline.

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: Jetstar (37%), Emirates (35%), China Southern( 34%).

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 $300, our data indicates the cheapest price to be $153. The most popular route (Cairns - Melbourne), is priced around $254.

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
Tigerair AustraliaCheapest$199Average$307FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time81%COVID-19 safety
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Virgin AustraliaCheapest$200Average$405FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time80%COVID-19 safety
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JetstarCheapest$203Average$298FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time74%COVID-19 safety
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Qantas AirwaysCheapest$466Average$617FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time74%COVID-19 safety
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Hourly flight availability from Cairns to Melbourne

See what time of day planes typically take off from Cairns to Melbourne
2%of flight departuresEarly morningMidnight to 6 am
25%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
60%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
13%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
Sunday24daily flights
Monday21daily flights
Tuesday17daily flights
Wednesday17daily flights
Thursday23daily flights
Friday19daily flights
Saturday22daily flights