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Origin
Cairns
$425
only
$425
Destination
Melbourne
$425
only
$425
Sun., 12 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)
3h 20m
Sat., 18 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 7 days
6.4Good Show reviews
Overall 6.4 Good
Based on 64 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.3
CNS
MEL
Mediocre 3.0

Cons: Those flying from abroad with luggage should NOT fly with JetStar. The fees are ridiculous!!! There are many other airlines in Australia that are fairly priced.

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: The crew was very pleasant, they even tried to entertain kids on the plane, which was great.

Cons: Charged $150 for two bags and charged for everything else on the plane, even coffee! Boarding was terrible, just a free for all with endless lines and no regard for families or those with special needs.

DPS
ADL
Good 6.0

Pros: Both good

Cons: Entertainment

AKL
CHC
Good 7.2

Pros: Nice cabin crew, nice boarding, ontime departure, clean aircraft.

Cons: Check-in agent at bag drop counter was a sour puss.

CNS
MEL
Okay 4.0

Pros: Seating was tight. Very thin seats.. Little padding

Cons: Their online baggage fees could not be purchased with either my Mastercard or Visa. Had to resort to Paypal for baggage payment. Flight was also over an hour late departing from Cairns. Crew said that was due to an ;onboard medical emergency' on the inbound flight.

Good to know

Low season: February
High season: December
Average price: $284
Good deal: $142

Best time to beat the crowds

3%

expected price decrease

Most popular time to fly

7%

expected price increase

(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

or less (return)

When to book flights from Cairns to Melbourne

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Flight prices as travel date approaches
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Top tips for finding a cheap flight

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $141 or less.
  • The cheapest flight from Cairns to Melbourne was found, on average, 54 days before departure.
  • Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • Morning departure is around 48% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
    *Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for booking Cairns to Melbourne flights

How long does a flight from Cairns to Melbourne take?
The average direct flight takes 3h 20m, covering a distance of 2313 km.
How many flights are there between Cairns and Melbourne?
There are 86 (direct) flights between Cairns and Melbourne per week, averaging 12 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Cairns to Melbourne?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Jetstar ($425)
Which airlines fly most frequently between Cairns and Melbourne?
Qantas Airways (2 times daily), Emirates (2 times daily), China Southern (2 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
Which airports will I be using when flying from Cairns to Melbourne?
When flying out of Cairns you will be using Cairns, often referred to as Cairns Airport. You will be landing at Melbourne, also known as Melbourne Airport.
How does KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy?
KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.
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