Cheap flights from Cairns to Melbourne

CNS — MEL
2 Jul — 9 Jul1
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The best prices from Cairns to Melbourne are usually found in February or March, booked 28 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 ME1 flight in 2022: compare Cairns to Melbourne flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Melbourne.

CNS - MEL

Price

$201 - $369

MEL

Temperature

8 - 20 °C

MEL

Rainfall

30 - 60 mm

Popular inJulyHigh demand for flights, 31% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 21% potential price drop
Round-trip from$289From Cairns to Melbourne
One-way from$102One-way flight from Cairns to Melbourne

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

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. 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?

Travellers have found it’s best to book a flight 26 days in advance to save up to 26% 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 26 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 1-2 weeks in advance for as low as $361, or $429 for flights within the next 24 hours.

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

February is one of the best times of the year to fly to Melbourne from Cairns. Prices for February average $368 per person but you can even find prices for as low as $216. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of July. Opting for a February flight can save you 44% on your journey compared to booking in July

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

It’s typically best to fly out from Cairns to Melbourne 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 June, July 2022

The best prices found for CNS to Melbourne flights in June, July
22 Jul. - 26 Jul.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

17h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$387

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 26/6/22

22 Jul. - 26 Jul.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

17h 20m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

13h 20m
$392

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 26/6/22

22 Jul. - 26 Jul.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 30m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$397

Jetstar

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Deal found 26/6/22

Cairns to Melbourne 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Melbourne from Cairns found for this year
26 Aug. - 29 Aug.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$216

Jetstar

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Deal found 24/6/22

12 Aug. - 16 Aug.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$217

Jetstar

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Deal found 26/6/22

7 Oct. - 10 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$222

Jetstar

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Deal found 24/6/22

Cheap Jetstar flights from Cairns to Melbourne

12 Aug. - 16 Aug.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$217

Jetstar

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Deal found 26/6/22

7 Oct. - 10 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$222

Jetstar

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Deal found 24/6/22

6 Aug. - 8 Aug.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$281

Jetstar

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Deal found 27/6/22

Cheap Virgin Australia flights from Cairns to Melbourne

11 Nov. - 13 Nov.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 25m
$279

Virgin Australia

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Deal found 26/6/22

11 Nov. - 13 Nov.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

6h 35m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 25m
$298

Virgin Australia

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Deal found 26/6/22

11 Nov. - 13 Nov.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

6h 35m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

6h 55m
$328

Virgin Australia

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Deal found 26/6/22

Direct flights to Melbourne from Cairns

Save time with Cairns to Melbourne direct flight deals
26 Aug. - 29 Aug.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$216

Jetstar

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Deal found 24/6/22

12 Aug. - 16 Aug.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$217

Jetstar

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Deal found 26/6/22

7 Oct. - 10 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 20m
$222

Jetstar

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Deal found 24/6/22

Last-minute flights from Cairns to Melbourne

Late deals on return flights to Melbourne from Cairns, departing today and this week
4 Jul. - 10 Jul.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

21h 40m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

17h 30m
$541

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 24/6/22

3 Jul. - 6 Jul.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

9h 45m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

17h 15m
$577

Virgin Australia

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Deal found 26/6/22

4 Jul. - 10 Jul.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

1 stop

21h 40m
MEL

Melbourne

CNS

Cairns

2 stops

50h 35m
$589

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 24/6/22

One-way flights to Melbourne from Cairns

The cheapest one-way flights from Cairns to Melbourne
6 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$102

Jetstar

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Deal found 27/6/22

27 Oct.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 30m
$107

Jetstar

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Deal found 27/6/22

3 Nov.
CNS

Cairns

MEL

Melbourne

Nonstop

3h 25m
$109

Jetstar

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Deal found 25/6/22

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 16 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 for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Cairns to Melbourne for under $300. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Jetstar for just $217, but on average you can expect to pay $327.

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

Cheapflights has 13 direct flights from Cairns to Melbourne under $300. A good price for a direct flight from Cairns to Melbourne is less than $435.

Are there last-minute flights available from Cairns to Melbourne for under $600?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Cairns to Melbourne within the next 7 days for less than $600.

What days are direct flights available from Cairns to Melbourne?

You can find direct flights on the following days: Tuesday, Wednesday.

How popular is this Cairns to Melbourne flight route?

This flight path from Cairns to Melbourne was viewed by 2,995 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 Cairns to Melbourne on average per day?

Travellers can expect 3 flights from Cairns to Melbourne on average per day.
Morning (6am - Midday) - 67% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 33% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Cairns to Melbourne?

Departing from Cairns to Melbourne will take you 3h 25m. Airlines will cover a distance of 2326 km. Generally, flights for this route are direct.

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

Our cheapest airline available from Cairns to Melbourne is Jetstar. Our recent data shows that you can find tickets from as low as $217 on this airline. An additional option worth looking into is Virgin Australia, starting at $279. Jetstar is priced at 40% lower than the current average price of a flight leaving 3 months from now.

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

Before booking your flight from Cairns to Melbourne, check out the most popular airlines for this route: Jetstar, Qantas Airways or Tigerair Australia.

What are the most reliable airlines from Cairns to Melbourne?

Looking for the most reliable airlines to get you to your destination on time? Our data shows these are most likely to get you from Cairns to Melbourne on time: Singapore Airlines (58%), Jetstar (57%), Emirates (57%).

What are the cheapest flights from Cairns to Melbourne?

On average you can expect to pay $326 for a flight from Cairns to Melbourne. The cheapest flight overall is $133 while the most popular route, (Cairns - Melbourne) is currently priced at $216.

Alternative routes for Cairns to Melbourne

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.
Cairns to Mildurafrom $733 pp

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
Virgin AustraliaCheapest$198Average$392FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time80%COVID-19 safety
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Tigerair AustraliaCheapest$201Average$310FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time81%COVID-19 safety
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JetstarCheapest$207Average$303FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time74%COVID-19 safety
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Qantas AirwaysCheapest$472Average$601FlexibilityNo 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
7%of flight departuresEarly morningMidnight to 6 am
30%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
55%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
8%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
Sunday23daily flights
Monday14daily flights
Tuesday16daily flights
Wednesday15daily flights
Thursday14daily flights
Friday21daily flights
Saturday12daily flights