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Cheap flights from Cairns to Melbourne

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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 2021: compare Cairns to Melbourne flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Melbourne.
CNS - MEL
Price
$232 - $374
MEL
Temperature
22 - 32 °C
MEL
Rainfall
26 - 170 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

Round-trip from

$232

From Cairns to Melbourne

One-way from

$195

One-way flight from Cairns to Melbourne

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 Cairns to Melbourne?

It’s generally more expensive to depart on a Wednesday, if you have to leave on this day you can still search on Cheapflights to find great options that meet your needs.

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

Users have found that booking a flight from Cairns to Melbourne at least 33 days early can save you up to 20% on average compared to booking a flight this week. If booking 33 days before your flight isn’t an option for you, users have found flights from Cairns to Melbourne for as little as $187 when booking for a departure date within the next two weeks. You can also check prices now. Some users have found airline tickets as low as $218 for flights departing within the next 3 days.

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

Due to multiple factors, expect to potentially pay more when booking in June. For low rates, February can be a great choice for travel to Melbourne. Flights to Melbourne from Cairns in February are about $183 on average during February, but can be found for as low as $101.

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

When flying from Cairns to Melbourne, the time of day you fly usually plays a role in the price. Save by searching for a flight at midday, which can drop the price by up to 17% versus a flight in the evening.

Cheap flights from Cairns to Melbourne in April, May 2021

The best prices found for CNS to MEL flights in April, May
23 Apr - 25 Apr
$218pp
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
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Cairns
8 May - 8 May
$262pp
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
28 May - 30 May
$277pp
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns

Cairns to Melbourne 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Melbourne from Cairns found for this year
23 Apr - 25 Apr
$218pp
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
8 May - 8 May
$262pp
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
28 May - 30 May
$277pp
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns

Direct flights to Melbourne from Cairns

Save time with Cairns to Melbourne direct flight deals
8 May - 8 May
$262pp
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
28 May - 30 May
$277pp
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
27 May - 30 May
$312pp
CNS
Cairns
Multiple airlines
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Melbourne
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Melbourne
Jetstar
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Last-minute flights from Cairns to Melbourne

Late deals on return flights to Melbourne from Cairns, departing today and this week
29 Apr - 2 May
$337pp
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Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
29 Apr - 2 May
$426pp
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Cairns
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
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Cairns
29 Apr - 2 May
$517pp
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Cairns
Jetstar
 
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MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
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Cairns

One-way flights to Melbourne from Melbourne

The cheapest one-way flights from Cairns to Melbourne
05:00 - 10:45
Airnorth
1 stop
5h 45m
CNS - MEL
Airnorth
$195
mytrip.com
03:30 - 17:05
Multiple Airlines
2 stops
13h 35m
CNS - MEL
Multiple Airlines
$233
Kiwi.com
16:10 - 19:35
Jetstar
Direct
3h 25m
CNS - MEL
Jetstar
$273
Agoda.com

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Flight FAQs

From Cairns to Melbourne

Can I find flights from Cairns to Melbourne for under $387 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Cairns to Melbourne for under $387. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Jetstar for just $262, but on average you can expect to pay $364.

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.

Are there direct flights from Cairns to Melbourne for under $387 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 7 direct flights from Cairns to Melbourne under $387. A good price for a direct flight from Cairns to Melbourne is less than $311.

Are there last-minute flights available from Cairns to Melbourne for under $387?

There are currently 4+ open flights from Cairns to Melbourne within the next 7 days for less than $387.

What days are direct flights available from Cairns to Melbourne?

Direct flights are available for this route on the following days: Tuesday, Friday.

How popular is this 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?

Per day, 6 flights depart from Cairns to Melbourne on average.
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 100% of flight departures

Does it rain more in Cairns or Melbourne?

In Cairns, there will be greater rainfall in Cairns compared to Melbourne over the next 19 days.

Is Cairns weather warmer or cooler than Melbourne?

Our data indicates that the weather will be 31 °C on average in the month of January. The temperature in Melbourne is typically colder than in Cairns. If you're traveling when the temperature is at its warmest, push to plan early, as flight price and availability will have an impact on your travels. For the best results, search for flights well in advance or after peak season.

How long does is the flight from Cairns to Melbourne?

Jetstar, Qantas Airways, and Virgin Australia can get you from Cairns to Melbourne in just under 3h 25m. Your travel time can differ by up to 3h 35m. Cairns and Melbourne are separated by a distance of 2326 km. Both multi-stop and direct flights can be found to your destination and back.

What are the cheapest airlines to flying from Cairns to Melbourne return?

Jetstar, at $262, was found to be the cheapest airline from Cairns to Melbourne.Alternate airlines flying return to your destination include Virgin Australia and Qantas Airways. Jetstar is 7% cheaper than the average price of flights available within the next 90 days to this destination.

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

To fly one-way, consider booking your trip with Jetstar, which is currently one of the cheapest options available, starting at $154. Airnorth flights start at $189 while deals on Virgin Australia start at $207 one-way.

Alternative routes for Cairns to Melbourne

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

Destination information for Melbourne

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Cairns to Melbourne.
Flight duration
3h 22m
Average temperature for April in Melbourne
27.0 °C
Avg rainfall for April in Melbourne
26.0 mm

Airports servicing Cairns

Airports servicing Melbourne

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.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Tigerair Australia
$140 $216 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
$137 $248 No cancel fee 74%
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Virgin Australia
$249 $337 No cancel fee 80%
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Qantas Airways
$232 $385 No cancel fee 74%
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Hourly flight availability from Cairns to Melbourne

See what time of day planes typically take off from Cairns towards Melbourne.
Afternoon Midday to 6 PM 62% of flight departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 20% of flight departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 9% of flight departures
Morning 6 AM to midday 9% of flight departures
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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.
Sunday
17 daily flights
Monday
21 daily flights
Tuesday
19 daily flights
Wednesday
15 daily flights
Thursday
19 daily flights
Friday
19 daily flights
Saturday
19 daily flights
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