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Cheap Flights from Melbourne to Cairns, AU, Australia - MEL to CNS Last modified: 01/07/2016 1:26 AM

Popular flights from Melbourne to Cairns Last modified: 01/07/2016 1:26 AM

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
MELCNS
Thu 13/10
1 stop
CNSMEL
Sun 16/10
1 stop
$272
Select
Tigerair
MELCNS
Thu 4/08
nonstop
CNSMEL
Wed 17/08
nonstop
$286
Select
Tigerair
MELCNS
Wed 31/08
nonstop
CNSMEL
Sun 4/09
nonstop
$286
Select
Virgin Australia
MELCNS
Sun 9/10
nonstop
CNSMEL
Thu 13/10
nonstop
$325
Select
Virgin Australia
MELCNS
Tue 11/10
nonstop
CNSMEL
Thu 20/10
nonstop
$325
Select
Virgin Australia
MELCNS
Thu 13/10
nonstop
CNSMEL
Thu 20/10
nonstop
$325
Select
Qantas
MELCNS
Thu 13/10
1 stop
CNSMEL
Sun 16/10
1 stop
$370
Select
Airnorth
MELCNS
Mon 25/07
1 stop
CNSMEL
Fri 29/07
1 stop
$711
Select

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

We have collected flight cost data from across the web for travel from Melbourne to Cairns, and have found the average flight price for this trip to be $341.

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

Airlines can adjust prices for plane tickets from Melbourne to Cairns 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 Melbourne to Cairns

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

Non Stop versus 1-Stop
Advanced PurchaseNon StopOne Stop
< 7 days $442 $478
7-14 days $434 $451
14-21 days $420 $450
21-30 days $296 $321
30-60 days $276 $299
60-90 days $276 $365
90+ days $200 $272

Cheapest Day To Fly from Melbourne to Cairns

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
$370 $392 $276 $276 $399 $296 $373

Lowest Fares Chart By Month from Melbourne to Cairns

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

Month Origin Destination Carrier Depart Date Return Date Stops Price
July Melbourne Cairns Jetstar 23/07/16 27/07/16 0 $296
August Melbourne Cairns Jetstar 4/08/16 15/08/16 0 $276
September Melbourne Cairns Tigerair 21/09/16 26/09/16 0 $345
October Melbourne Cairns Jetstar 13/10/16 16/10/16 1 $272
November Melbourne Cairns Virgin Australia 5/11/16 15/11/16 0 $325
December Melbourne Cairns Tigerair 26/12/16 8/01/17 0 $333
January Melbourne Cairns Virgin Australia 9/01/17 16/01/17 0 $314
February Melbourne Cairns Virgin Australia 28/02/17 7/03/17 0 $288

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

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 Melbourne to Cairns.

Next 30 Days

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
$539
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
$539 $482
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
$482 $420
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
$420 $420
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
$420 $466
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
$466

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

Your Melbourne to Cairns 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 Melbourne to Cairns is $426.

The average price for non-stop flights from Melbourne to Cairns is $327.

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

Nonstop Flight Details from Melbourne to Cairns
CarrierMonTueWedThuFriSatSunEarliest FlightLatest Flight
Jetstar 3 5 4 4 2 3 4 06:10 20:15
Qantas 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 09:10 12:20
Tigerair 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 07:00 18:15
Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 08:55 12:25

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

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 Melbourne to Cairns. 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 Melbourne to Cairns is $225.

The average price for round trip flights from Melbourne to Cairns is $404.

More Cheap Flights

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Albury to Cairns Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $477
Melbourne to London Aegean, Air Berlin, Air France, Finnair, Alitalia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Eurowings, NIKI, Iberia, Jetstar, KLM, Lufthansa, LOT, Czech, Austrian, Qantas, SAS, Tap Portugal, Air Europa, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, FlexFlight $1,420
Melbourne to Townsville Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $356
Melbourne to Tokyo JAL, Jetstar, All Nippon, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $738
Melbourne to Shanghai Sichuan, Air China, China Southern, Capital Airlines, Jetstar, Xiamen, China Eastern, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Shenzhen $531
Melbourne to Hamilton Island Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $338
Melbourne to Bangkok Jetstar, Bangkok, Qantas, Thai, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $428
Melbourne to Proserpine Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $383
Melbourne to Sydney Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, Regional Express $91
Melbourne to Brisbane Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $118
Melbourne to Jakarta Garuda, Jetstar, Qantas, AirAsia Indonesia, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, SkyStar $664
Melbourne to Mackay Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $317
Melbourne to Beijing Sichuan, Air China, China Southern, Hainan, Capital Airlines, Jetstar, Xiamen, China Eastern, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Shenzhen $525
Melbourne to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Jetstar, Qantas, United, Virgin Australia $1,390
Melbourne to Singapore Jetstar Asia, Emirates, Jetstar, SilkAir, Qantas, Singapore, Tigerair, Scoot, Virgin Australia $342
Melbourne to Port Moresby Jetstar, Niugini, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $666
Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur AirAsia, Emirates, Jetstar, Malaysia, Malindo, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $323
Melbourne to Gold Coast Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $166
Melbourne to Hong Kong Cathay, Hong Kong, Jetstar, Dragonair, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $475
Melbourne to Manila Cebu Pacific, Jetstar, Philippine, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $450
Albury to Townsville Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia Check Dates
Melbourne to Alice Springs Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $424
Melbourne to Sunshine Coast Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $275
Melbourne to Rockhampton Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $326
Melbourne to Seoul Jetstar, Korean, Asiana, Qantas, Virgin Australia $765
Melbourne to Darwin Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $323
Melbourne to Gladstone Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $361
Melbourne to Denpasar Bali Garuda, Jetstar, Qantas, AirAsia Indonesia, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, SkyStar $412
Melbourne to Paris Aegean, Air Berlin, Air France, Finnair, Alitalia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Eurowings, NIKI, Jetstar, KLM, Air Malta, Lufthansa, LOT, Austrian, Qantas, SAS, Corsair, Tap Portugal, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, FlexFlight $1,284
Melbourne to Adelaide Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, Regional Express $143

Airports for Your Route

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

Melbourne to Cairns Flight Questions

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

Question: How long is a direct flight from Melbourne to Cairns?
Answer: The average Melbourne to Cairns flight time is 3 hours and 22 minutes.
Question: How many kilometers are there between Melbourne and Cairns?
Answer: The distance from Melbourne to Cairns is 2312 kilometers.
Question: How common are direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns?
Answer: There are 53 direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns.
Question: What is the most popular airline for non-stop flights from Melbourne to Cairns?
Answer: Jetstar Airways provides 47% of the non-stop flights between Melbourne and Cairns.
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