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

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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 - ME1
Price
$180 - $290
ME1
Temperature
8 - 20 °C
ME1
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

$280

Average for round-trip flights in October 2021

Round-trip from

$245

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 month to fly from Cairns to Melbourne?

May can be a great time to fly to Melbourne from Cairns with a flight ticket averaging about $298. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of May for as cheap as $179. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December.

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

Users have found that flying from Cairns to Melbourne on a Saturday typically leans towards higher prices. However, this doesn’t mean you still can’t find a deal. Flexibility with other aspects of your flight can still land a great price for your trip.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Cairns to Melbourne (CNS - ME1)?

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.

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

To save up to 29% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 35 days prior to travel. The price may fluctuate and will likely increase closer to your departure date. Users on Cheapflights have found tickets from Cairns to Melbourne from $337 1-2 weeks out and tickets from $385 for flights departing within the next 72 hours.

Cheap flights from Cairns to Melbourne in October, November 2021

The best prices found for CNS to MEL flights in October, November
20 Nov - 23 Nov
$247pp
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
16 Oct - 23 Oct
$266pp
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
20 Nov - 23 Nov
$317pp
CNS
Cairns
Multiple airlines
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns

Cairns to Melbourne 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Melbourne from Cairns found for this year
20 Nov - 23 Nov
$247pp
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
16 Oct - 23 Oct
$266pp
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
20 Nov - 23 Nov
$317pp
CNS
Cairns
Multiple airlines
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns

Direct flights to Melbourne from Cairns

Save time with Cairns to Melbourne direct flight deals
20 Nov - 23 Nov
$247pp
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
29 Dec - 3 Jan
$382pp
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
26 Jan - 9 Feb
$2,231pp
CNS
Cairns
Qantas Airways
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
MEL
Melbourne
Qantas Airways
Direct
CNS
Cairns

One-way flights to Melbourne from Cairns

The cheapest one-way flights from Cairns to Melbourne
02:00 - 12:10
Jetstar
2 stops
33h 10m
CNS - MEL
Jetstar
$265
mytrip.com
06:20 - 16:35
Virgin Australia
2 stops
33h 15m
CNS - MEL
Virgin Australia
$325
Travel2Be
16:30 - 11:25
Multiple Airlines
3 stops
18h 55m
CNS - AVV
Multiple Airlines
$355
Kiwi.com

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">Cairns</span> to <span class="emphasized">Melbourne</span> flights.

Flight FAQs

From Cairns to Melbourne

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 0 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 Virgin Australia for just $247, but on average you can expect to pay $357.

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

Cheapflights has 5 direct flights from Cairns to Melbourne under $300. A good price for a direct flight from Cairns to Melbourne is less than $1,469.

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.

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

Our cheapest airline available from Cairns to Melbourne is Virgin Australia. Our recent data shows that you can find tickets from as low as $247 on this airline. An additional option worth looking into is Jetstar, starting at $284. Virgin Australia is priced at 17% lower than the current average price of a flight leaving 3 months from now.

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: Jetstar (100%), Singapore Airlines (84%), Delta (81%).

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 cheapest flights from Cairns to Melbourne?

On average you can expect to pay $552 for a flight from Cairns to Melbourne. The cheapest flight overall is $108 while the most popular route, (Cairns - Melbourne) is currently priced at $222.

Destination information for Melbourne

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Cairns to Melbourne.
Flight duration from CNS to Melbourne
3h 21m
Average temperature for October in Melbourne
29.0 °C
Avg rainfall for October in Melbourne
84.0 mm

Airports servicing Cairns

Airports servicing Melbourne

Avalon (AVV)
Melbourne Essendon (MEB)

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
Jetstar
$186 $338 No cancel fee 74%
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Tigerair Australia
$190 $293 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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Qantas Airways
$315 $523 No cancel fee 74%
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Virgin Australia
$339 $458 No cancel fee 80%
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Hourly flight availability from Cairns to Melbourne

See what time of day planes typically take off from Cairns towards Melbourne.
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 60% of flight departures
Morning 6 AM to midday 40% of flight departures
Afternoon Midday to 6 PM 0% of flight departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 0% of flight departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from Cairns to Melbourne
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Cairns to Melbourne.
Sunday
2 daily flights
Monday
0 flights
Tuesday
0 flights
Wednesday
2 daily flights
Thursday
0 flights
Friday
2 daily flights
Saturday
0 flights
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