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Cheap Flights from Melbourne to Cairns - MEL to CNS

Popular flights from Melbourne to Cairns

If your flight days are flexible and you looking for a good deal, our charts on cheap flights provide some insight regarding affordable flight options for your next big adventure.

Airnorth Regional
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Mar 17, 2016 Mar 25, 2016 AUD770
Mar 24, 2016 Mar 29, 2016 AUD770
Jetstar Airways
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Mar 20, 2016 Mar 24, 2016 AUD315
Qantas Airways
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Mar 20, 2016 Mar 24, 2016 AUD457
Tigerair Australia
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Mar 20, 2016 Mar 24, 2016 AUD231
Virgin Australia
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
May 8, 2016 May 15, 2016 AUD305
May 10, 2016 May 12, 2016 AUD305
May 11, 2016 May 17, 2016 AUD305
May 12, 2016 May 15, 2016 AUD305
May 12, 2016 May 22, 2016 AUD305

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 AUD324.

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 AUD364 AUD426
7-14 days AUD364 AUD425
14-21 days AUD364 AUD424
21-30 days AUD364 AUD424
30-60 days AUD231 AUD424
60-90 days AUD308 AUD354
90+ days AUD251 AUD349

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
AUD364 AUD356 AUD356 AUD356 AUD308 AUD308 AUD231

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
February Melbourne Cairns Jetstar 2/12/16 2/14/16 0 AUD364
March Melbourne Cairns Tigerair 3/20/16 3/24/16 0 AUD231
April Melbourne Cairns Virgin Australia 4/27/16 5/11/16 0 AUD356
May Melbourne Cairns Virgin Australia 5/8/16 5/15/16 0 AUD305
June Melbourne Cairns Virgin Australia 6/1/16 6/8/16 0 AUD305
July Melbourne Cairns Virgin Australia 7/9/16 7/16/16 0 AUD305
August Melbourne Cairns Tigerair 8/19/16 8/24/16 0 AUD251
September Melbourne Cairns Tigerair 9/11/16 9/22/16 0 AUD271

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
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
AUD364
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
AUD364 AUD425
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
AUD425 AUD407
28 29 1 2 3 4 5
AUD407 AUD364
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
AUD364 AUD380
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
AUD380

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 AUD510.

The average price for non-stop flights from Melbourne to Cairns is AUD339.

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 1 3 4 3 2 1 3 06:10 19:30
Qantas 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 09:20 12:20
Tigerair 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 07:00 16:15
Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 08:55 08:55

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 AUD269.

The average price for round trip flights from Melbourne to Cairns is AUD429.

More Cheap Flights

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Albury to CairnsAUD564
Melbourne to London Thai, Air New Zealand, Virgin Atlantic, Jet Airways, Turkish, JAL, Garuda, Vietnam, Air China, Delta, Malaysia, Royal Brunei, Virgin Australia, Qatar, China Southern, Qantas, China Eastern, Cathay, Kenya, KLM, SAS, Austrian, Alitalia, Srilankan, Finnair, British Airways, Etihad, Egyptair, Singapore, United, American, Air Berlin, Philippine, Air France, Lufthansa, Air India, Emirates AUD1,396
Melbourne to Townsville Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Emirates AUD390
Melbourne to Tokyo China Southern, Qantas, Thai, China Eastern, Cathay, Air New Zealand, JAL, Vietnam, Garuda, Air China, Singapore, United, Malaysia, Virgin Australia, Philippine AUD653
Melbourne to Shanghai China Southern, Qantas, Thai, China Eastern, Cathay, Air New Zealand, JAL, Vietnam, Garuda, Air China, Singapore, Malaysia, Royal Brunei, Virgin Australia, Philippine AUD680
Melbourne to Hamilton Island Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Emirates AUD262
Melbourne to Bangkok China Southern, Qantas, Thai, Jetstar, China Eastern, Cathay, Vietnam, Garuda, British Airways, Singapore, Malaysia, Royal Brunei, Virgin Australia, Philippine, Emirates AUD487
Melbourne to ProserpineAUD380
Melbourne to Sydney Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Etihad AUD124
Melbourne to Brisbane Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Etihad AUD159
Melbourne to Jakarta Qantas, China Southern, Cathay, Garuda, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Royal Brunei, Virgin Australia, Philippine AUD349
Melbourne to Mackay Qantas, Virgin Australia AUD385
Melbourne to Beijing China Southern, Qantas, Thai, China Eastern, Jetstar, Cathay, Air New Zealand, JAL, Vietnam, Garuda, Air China, Singapore, Malaysia, Virgin Australia, Philippine AUD701
Melbourne to New York Air New Zealand, JAL, Air Tahiti Nui, Air China, Malaysia, Delta, Virgin Australia, Qatar, Fiji Airways, China Southern, Qantas, China Eastern, Cathay, US Airways, Finnair, Etihad, Singapore, United, American, Air Berlin, Emirates AUD1,291
Melbourne to Singapore China Southern, Qantas, Thai, China Eastern, Jetstar, Cathay, Vietnam, Garuda, British Airways, Etihad, Singapore, Malaysia, Royal Brunei, Virgin Australia, Philippine, Emirates AUD343
Melbourne to Port Moresby Qantas, Virgin Australia AUD646
Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur China Southern, Qantas, Thai, China Eastern, Cathay, Vietnam, Garuda, British Airways, Singapore, Malaysia, Royal Brunei, Virgin Australia, Philippine, Emirates AUD310
Melbourne to Gold Coast Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Etihad AUD165
Melbourne to Hong Kong China Southern, Qantas, Thai, China Eastern, Cathay, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, Vietnam, Garuda, Sichuan, Singapore, Malaysia, Royal Brunei, Virgin Australia, Philippine, Fiji Airways, Emirates AUD493
Melbourne to Manila China Southern, Qantas, Thai, China Eastern, Cathay, Singapore, Malaysia, Royal Brunei, Philippine, Emirates AUD510
Albury to TownsvilleAUD541
Melbourne to Alice Springs Qantas, Emirates AUD418
Melbourne to Sunshine Coast Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Etihad AUD216
Melbourne to Rockhampton Qantas, Virgin Australia AUD368
Melbourne to Seoul China Southern, Thai, Qantas, China Eastern, Cathay, JAL, Vietnam, Garuda, Sichuan, Air China, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippine AUD1,019
Melbourne to Darwin Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Etihad AUD358
Melbourne to Gladstone Qantas, Virgin Australia AUD383
Melbourne to Denpasar Bali Qantas, China Southern, China Eastern, Jetstar, Cathay, Garuda, Singapore, Malaysia, Virgin Australia, Philippine AUD300
Melbourne to Paris Thai, Turkish, JAL, Garuda, Vietnam, Air China, Malaysia, Virgin Australia, Qatar, Qantas, China Southern, China Eastern, Cathay, Kenya, KLM, Austrian, Alitalia, Srilankan, Finnair, British Airways, Etihad, Egyptair, Singapore, United, American, Air Berlin, Air France, Lufthansa, Air India, Emirates AUD1,390
Melbourne to Adelaide Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Etihad AUD125

Airlines Flying from Melbourne to Cairns (MEL to CNS)

Below are the different airlines that fly from Melbourne to Cairns 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 Melbourne to Cairns.

Melbourne to Cairns
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 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 41 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 41% of the non-stop flights between Melbourne and Cairns.
Question: What are the most popular connecting cities when flying from Melbourne to Cairns?
Answer: Brisbane, AU
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