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Cheap Flights from Melbourne to Cairns, AU, Australia - MEL to CNS Last modified: 28/05/2016 7:29 AM

Popular flights from Melbourne to Cairns Last modified: 28/05/2016 7:29 AM

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Airnorth Regional
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
21/07/2016 24/07/2016 $757
Jetstar Airways
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
02/08/2016 08/08/2016 $309
Qantas Airways
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
24/09/2016 08/10/2016 $423
Tigerair Australia
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
08/07/2016 16/07/2016 $264
Virgin Australia
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
27/08/2016 06/09/2016 $373

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 $333.

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 $369 $408
7-14 days $376 $427
14-21 days $374 $440
21-30 days $438 $433
30-60 days $264 $354
60-90 days $284 $340
90+ days $251 $309

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
$374 $284 $410 $284 $264 $416 $294

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
May Melbourne Cairns Virgin Australia 29/05/16 1/06/16 0 $427
June Melbourne Cairns Jetstar 3/06/16 6/06/16 0 $369
July Melbourne Cairns Tigerair 8/07/16 16/07/16 0 $264
August Melbourne Cairns Tigerair 2/08/16 8/08/16 0 $284
September Melbourne Cairns Tigerair 26/09/16 3/10/16 0 $294
October Melbourne Cairns Jetstar 22/10/16 29/10/16 0 $251
November Melbourne Cairns Virgin Australia 8/11/16 17/11/16 0 $289
December Melbourne Cairns Tigerair 26/12/16 3/01/17 0 $329

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
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
$369
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
$369 $438
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
$438 $391
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
$391 $470
26 27 28 29 30 1 2
$470 $487
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
$487

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 $487.

The average price for non-stop flights from Melbourne to Cairns is $398.

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 4 5 5 5 3 3 5 06:10 20:15
Qantas 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 09:10 12:20
Tigerair 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 07:00 22:00
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 $290.

The average price for round trip flights from Melbourne to Cairns is $466.

More Cheap Flights

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Albury to Cairns Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $596
Melbourne to London Aegean, Air Berlin, Air France, Finnair, Alitalia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Eurowings, Iberia, Jetstar, KLM, Lufthansa, Czech, Austrian, Qantas, SAS, Tap Portugal, Air Europa, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic $1,547
Melbourne to Townsville Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $309
Melbourne to Tokyo JAL, Jetstar, All Nippon, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $867
Melbourne to Shanghai Sichuan, Air China, China Southern, Shanghai, Jetstar, Xiamen, China Eastern, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Shenzhen $645
Melbourne to Hamilton Island Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $326
Melbourne to Bangkok Jetstar, Bangkok, Qantas, Thai, Virgin Australia $469
Melbourne to Proserpine Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $419
Melbourne to Sydney Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, Regional Express $100
Melbourne to Brisbane Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $132
Melbourne to Jakarta Garuda, Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, SkyStar $676
Melbourne to Mackay Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $406
Melbourne to Beijing Sichuan, Air China, China Southern, Hainan, Jetstar, Xiamen, China Eastern, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Shenzhen $645
Melbourne to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Jetstar, Qantas, United, Virgin Australia $1,804
Melbourne to Singapore Jetstar Asia, Emirates, Jetstar, SilkAir, Qantas, Singapore, Tigerair, Scoot, Virgin Australia $397
Melbourne to Port Moresby Jetstar, Niugini, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $687
Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur AirAsia, AirAsia X, Emirates, Jetstar, Malaysia, Malindo, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $433
Melbourne to Gold Coast Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $178
Melbourne to Hong Kong Cathay, Hong Kong, Jetstar, Dragonair, Qantas, Virgin Australia $776
Melbourne to Manila Cebu Pacific, Jetstar, Philippine, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $470
Albury to Townsville Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia $534
Melbourne to Alice Springs Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $476
Melbourne to Sunshine Coast Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia $244
Melbourne to Rockhampton Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $362
Melbourne to Seoul Jetstar, Korean, Asiana, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Eastar Jet $866
Melbourne to Darwin Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $394
Melbourne to Gladstone Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia $431
Melbourne to Denpasar Bali Garuda, Jetstar, Qantas, AirAsia Indonesia, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, SkyStar $327
Melbourne to Paris Aegean, Air Berlin, Air France, Finnair, Alitalia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, NIKI, Jetstar, KLM, Lufthansa, LOT, Austrian, Qantas, SAS, Tap Portugal, Air Europa, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic $1,370
Melbourne to Adelaide Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, Regional Express $100

Airlines Flying from Melbourne to Cairns (MEL to CNS) Number of flights searched: 49Last modified: 28/05/2016 7:29 AM

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 52 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 46% 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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