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Cheap Flights from Cairns to Melbourne, AU, Australia - CNS to MEL

Popular flights from Cairns to Melbourne

We’ve got the inside scoop on finding the best time to fly for the best price. Not sure when to travel for your next vacation? Find details below on when-to-fly and when-to-buy.

Jetstar Airways
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
May 14, 2016 May 15, 2016 AUD371
Jun 4, 2016 Jun 8, 2016 AUD371
Qantas Airways
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Aug 11, 2016 Aug 14, 2016 AUD738
Virgin Australia
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
May 13, 2016 May 15, 2016 AUD407
Aug 4, 2016 Aug 14, 2016 AUD407
Aug 5, 2016 Aug 14, 2016 AUD407

How Much Does it Cost to Fly from Cairns to Melbourne (CNS to MEL)?

We have collected flight cost data from across the web for travel from Cairns to Melbourne, and have found the average flight price for this trip to be AUD382.

When Can I Buy the Cheapest Flight from Cairns to Melbourne (CNS to MEL)?

Airlines can adjust prices for plane tickets from Cairns to Melbourne based on the day and time that you decide to book your flight. We have collected data from all airlines, and have discovered that the best days to book flights are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Read our article to find more information about the best time to buy airline tickets.

How far in advance should you book flights from Cairns to Melbourne

The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding how far in advance a flight from Cairns to Melbourne should be booked.

Non Stop versus 1-Stop
Advanced PurchaseNon StopOne Stop
< 7 days AUD445 AUD444
7-14 days AUD371 AUD425
14-21 days AUD371 AUD425
21-30 days AUD372 AUD425
30-60 days AUD371 AUD425
60-90 days AUD424 AUD408
90+ days AUD371 AUD407

Cheapest Day To Fly from Cairns to Melbourne

The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding the cheapest days to fly from Cairns to Melbourne.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
AUD373 AUD373 AUD407 AUD372 AUD407 AUD371 AUD373

Lowest Fares Chart By Month from Cairns to Melbourne

The chart below shows the lowest fare by month when flying from Cairns to Melbourne.

Month Origin Destination Carrier Depart Date Return Date Stops Price
May Cairns Melbourne Jetstar 5/14/16 5/15/16 0 AUD371
June Cairns Melbourne Jetstar 6/4/16 6/8/16 0 AUD371
July Cairns Melbourne Virgin Australia 7/27/16 7/29/16 1 AUD408
August Cairns Melbourne Virgin Australia 8/4/16 8/14/16 1 AUD407
September Cairns Melbourne Virgin Australia 9/12/16 9/21/16 1 AUD407
October Cairns Melbourne Jetstar 10/16/16 10/17/16 0 AUD384
November Cairns Melbourne Jetstar 11/15/16 11/17/16 0 AUD371
December Cairns Melbourne Virgin Australia 12/8/16 12/13/16 0 AUD391

Cheapest Weekend Non-Stop Flights for the Next 30 Days from Cairns to Melbourne

If you're ready to take a trip in the next 30 days and want to fly on the weekend, you might be wondering which weekend is the cheapest to fly. The chart below shows up-to-date data regarding weekend flight prices from Cairns to Melbourne.

Next 30 Days

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
AUD445
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
AUD445 AUD371
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
AUD371 AUD425
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
AUD425 AUD372
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
AUD372 AUD425
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
AUD425

Non-Stop vs Connecting Flights from Cairns to Melbourne (CNS to MEL)

Your Cairns to Melbourne flight can be significantly cheaper by choosing a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights sacrifice some convenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% when they choose to fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.

The average price for connecting flights from Cairns to Melbourne is AUD538.

The average price for non-stop flights from Cairns to Melbourne is AUD538.

The chart below shows up to date information regarding non-stop flights from Cairns to Melbourne.

Nonstop Flight Details from Cairns to Melbourne
CarrierMonTueWedThuFriSatSunEarliest FlightLatest Flight
Jetstar 2 4 3 4 2 2 5 06:30 18:45
Qantas 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 13:15 16:30
Tigerair 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10:55 16:10
Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13:00 13:00

Round Trip vs One Way Flights from Cairns to Melbourne (CNS to MEL)

We have found that there is often no price difference between buying a round trip flight versus a one way flight. Increased flexibility is the main benefit when it comes to buying a one way flight from Cairns to Melbourne. However, booking a round trip flight can be a simpler process. You can compare round trip and one way flights by using our flight comparison.

The average price for one way flights from Cairns to Melbourne is AUD280.

The average price for round trip flights from Cairns to Melbourne is AUD524.

Cairns to Melbourne Flight Questions

Below are some common questions that asked about this flight route:

Question: How long is a direct flight from Cairns to Melbourne?
Answer: The average Cairns to Melbourne flight time is 3 hours and 23 minutes.
Question: How many kilometers are there between Cairns and Melbourne?
Answer: The distance from Cairns to Melbourne is 2312 kilometers.
Question: How common are direct flights from Cairns to Melbourne?
Answer: There are 45 direct flights from Cairns to Melbourne.
Question: What is the most popular airline for non-stop flights from Cairns to Melbourne?
Answer: Jetstar Airways provides 48% of the non-stop flights between Cairns and Melbourne.
Question: What are the most popular connecting cities when flying from Cairns to Melbourne?
Answer: Brisbane, AU

Airlines Flying from Cairns to Melbourne (CNS to MEL)

Below are the different airlines that fly from Cairns to Melbourne with the average price of their plane tickets. Just remember that different airlines offer different levels of comfort and service, so consider convenience when choosing your airline.

Below is the full flight schedule summary of the next 30 days for flights from Cairns to Melbourne.

Cairns to Melbourne
Airline Connections Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Jetstar - X X X X X X X
Qantas - X X X X X X X
Qantas SYD X X X X X X X
Virgin Australia - X X X X X X X
Virgin Australia BNE X X X X X X X

Airports for Your Route

These pages contain information about the major airports in Cairns and Melbourne, so you can feel comfortable knowing how to get around whether you are about to take off or you just landed.

Cheap Domestic Flights from Cairns - CNS

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Cairns to Sydney Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD299
Cairns to Albury Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD522
Cairns to Adelaide Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD422
Cairns to Canberra Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD537
Cairns to Launceston Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD500
Cairns to Brisbane Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, Regional Express AUD235
Cairns to Hobart Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD524
Cairns to Mildura Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia Check Dates
Cairns to Devonport Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia Check Dates
Cairns to Newcastle Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD418
Cairns to Gold Coast Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD286
Cairns to Port Macquarie Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD517
Cairns to Tamworth Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD480
Cairns to Alice Springs Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD812

Cheap International Flights from Cairns - CNS

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Cairns to Auckland Jetstar, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD636
Cairns to Bangkok Jetstar, Bangkok, Qantas, Thai, Virgin Australia AUD975
Cairns to Singapore Jetstar Asia, Jetstar, SilkAir, Qantas, Singapore, Scoot, Virgin Australia AUD602

Cheap Domestic Flights to Melbourne - MEL

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Townsville to Melbourne Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD355
Townsville to Sydney Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD295
Townsville to Albury Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia Check Dates
Townsville to Canberra Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD462
Townsville to Brisbane Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, Regional Express AUD216
Townsville to Launceston Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia Check Dates
Townsville to Adelaide Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD450
Townsville to Hobart Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD569
Townsville to Mildura Qantas, Virgin Australia Check Dates
Townsville to Newcastle Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD480
Townsville to Gold Coast Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD476
Townsville to Tamworth Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia AUD521

Cheap International Flights to Melbourne - MEL

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Townsville to Auckland Jetstar, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Virgin Australia AUD676
Cheap Flights from Cairns to Melbourne, AU, Australia, from AUD283 Round trip from CNS to MEL