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

Popular flights from Melbourne to Cairns

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.

Airnorth Regional
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Aug 22, 2016 Sep 2, 2016 AUD748
Jetstar Airways
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
May 17, 2016 May 21, 2016 AUD296
Qantas Airways
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
May 17, 2016 May 21, 2016 AUD431
Tigerair Australia
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Jul 15, 2016 Jul 18, 2016 AUD241
Virgin Australia
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
May 31, 2016 Jun 7, 2016 AUD408

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 AUD339.

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 AUD370 AUD428
7-14 days AUD369 AUD428
14-21 days AUD271 AUD375
21-30 days AUD366 AUD427
30-60 days AUD366 AUD427
60-90 days AUD241 AUD396
90+ days AUD281 AUD410

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
AUD370 AUD271 AUD369 AUD370 AUD241 AUD385 AUD369

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 Tigerair 5/17/16 5/21/16 0 AUD271
June Melbourne Cairns Jetstar 6/1/16 6/7/16 0 AUD370
July Melbourne Cairns Tigerair 7/15/16 7/18/16 0 AUD241
August Melbourne Cairns Virgin Australia 8/30/16 9/12/16 1 AUD410
September Melbourne Cairns Tigerair 9/19/16 9/24/16 0 AUD281
October Melbourne Cairns Jetstar 10/30/16 11/5/16 0 AUD370
November Melbourne Cairns Jetstar 11/14/16 11/19/16 0 AUD369
December Melbourne Cairns Jetstar 12/12/16 12/17/16 0 AUD371

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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
AUD448
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
AUD448 AUD371
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
AUD371 AUD383
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
AUD383 AUD411
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
AUD411 AUD370
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
AUD370

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 AUD470.

The average price for non-stop flights from Melbourne to Cairns is AUD385.

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 2 4 4 5 2 2 5 06:10 18:20
Qantas 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 09:10 12:20
Tigerair 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 07:00 12:15
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 AUD237.

The average price for round trip flights from Melbourne to Cairns is AUD363.

More Cheap Flights

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
Albury to Cairns Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD523
Melbourne to London Aegean, Air Berlin, Air France, Finnair, Alitalia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, Jetstar, KLM, Lufthansa, Czech, Austrian, Qantas, SAS, Tap Portugal, Air Europa, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic AUD1,413
Melbourne to Townsville Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD348
Melbourne to Tokyo JAL, Jetstar, All Nippon, Qantas, Virgin Australia AUD670
Melbourne to Shanghai Sichuan, Air China, China Southern, Jetstar, Xiamen, China Eastern, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, Shenzhen AUD650
Melbourne to Hamilton Island Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD327
Melbourne to Bangkok Jetstar, Bangkok, Qantas, Thai, Virgin Australia AUD446
Melbourne to Proserpine Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD358
Melbourne to Sydney Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, Regional Express AUD118
Melbourne to Brisbane Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD235
Melbourne to Jakarta Garuda, Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, SkyStar AUD799
Melbourne to Mackay Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD399
Melbourne to Beijing Sichuan, Air China, China Southern, Shanghai, Hainan, Jetstar, Xiamen, China Eastern, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Shenzhen AUD650
Melbourne to New York American, Hawaiian, Jetstar, Qantas, United, Virgin Australia, Great Lakes AUD1,401
Melbourne to Singapore Jetstar Asia, Emirates, Jetstar, SilkAir, Qantas, Singapore, Tigerair, Scoot, Virgin Australia AUD486
Melbourne to Port Moresby Jetstar, Niugini, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD694
Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur AirAsia, AirAsia X, Emirates, Jetstar, Malaysia, Malindo, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD463
Melbourne to Gold Coast Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD171
Melbourne to Hong Kong Cathay, Hong Kong, Jetstar, Dragonair, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD699
Melbourne to Manila Cebu Pacific, Jetstar, Philippine, Qantas, Virgin Australia AUD715
Albury to Townsville Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia AUD592
Melbourne to Alice Springs Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD391
Melbourne to Sunshine Coast Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia AUD253
Melbourne to Rockhampton Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD365
Melbourne to Seoul Jetstar, Korean, Asiana, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD1,050
Melbourne to Darwin Jetstar, Qantas, Airnorth, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD362
Melbourne to Gladstone Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia AUD399
Melbourne to Denpasar Bali Garuda, Jetstar, Qantas, AirAsia Indonesia, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, SkyStar AUD300
Melbourne to Paris Aegean, Air Berlin, Air France, Finnair, Alitalia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, NIKI, Iberia, Jetstar, KLM, Lufthansa, Austrian, Qantas, SAS, Tap Portugal, Air Europa, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic AUD1,443
Melbourne to Adelaide Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, Regional Express AUD99

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 45 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 48% 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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