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Information for flights to Melbourne from Cairns

Avg. flight duration 3h 25m
Flights arrive in Melbourne
Flights depart from Cairns
Flight price $250
Distance 2,313 km
Airlines Tigerair Australia, Jetstar

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Low season:
March
Best time to beat the crowds
3%
expected price decrease
High season:
June
Most popular time to fly
6%
expected price increase
Average price:
$402
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good deal:
$371
or less (return)

When to book flights from Cairns to Melbourne

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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $370 or less.
The cheapest flight from Cairns to Melbourne was found, on average, 83 days before departure.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly is March.
Morning departure is around 7% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
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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 197 (direct) flights between Cairns and Melbourne per week, averaging 25 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Cairns to Melbourne?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Tigerair Australia ($250) and Jetstar ($517)
Which airlines fly most frequently between Cairns and Melbourne?
Qantas Airways (4 times daily), Tigerair Australia (3 times daily), Jetstar (3 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from Cairns to Melbourne?
For Cairns to Melbourne, Monday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Sunday is the most expensive. Flying from Melbourne back to Cairns, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Friday being the most expensive.
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.
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Book cheap flights from Cairns to Melbourne (return)

Airports
Origin
Cairns
$250
only
$250
Destination
Melbourne
$250
only
$250
Mon., 17 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Fri., 21 Feb.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 5 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
BNE
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing.

Cons: Flight time rescheduled meaning we had very little time for connecting flight. Then they checked our luggage in (weighed 8.5kg and only 7 allowed (charged $108). The booking in of the bags meant one of our party missed connecting flight. She arrived at gate while plane was still there and Capt said he would wait but ground staff over-ruled decision. Not happy.

MEL
SYD
Mediocre 2.5

Pros: There is absolutely nothing about this flight or this airline that I enjoyed in the slightest.

Cons: Everything. The staff was completely unorganized and understaffed and incredibly rude and unhelpful.

CNS
SYD
Good 6.0

Cons: Crew in the air were fine, crew at check in was very unfriendly and tried to say I was over with baggage - 2 bags at 10kg for 2 people - I dont think so.......7kg each

MEL
HBA
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: That I got there and that The flight Wasn’t cancelled.

Cons: 3 hour delay after changing the time of my flight completely the day before. Then no service on the flight at all.

SYD
CNS
Good 7.2

Pros: The crew was amazing. Super nice and acodating.

Cons: They don’t tell you that you have to pay for baggage and that if you pay at the airport it is 3x the amount! I was astonished and I felt lied to!

Fri., 13 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 20m
Sun., 15 Dec.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
18h 30m
Trip: 3 days
6.3Good Show reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 63 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.2
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.

MEL
OOL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: It was a full flight and all went smoothly

Cons: It could have been on time bu these things happen

SYD
BNE
Good 7.0

Cons: Seating is not spacious. No free snacks or beverages. But the price was right!

AVV
ADL
Okay 5.0

Cons: plane was over an hr late due to tire needing changing. Staff we unapologetic about it.

CNS
MEL
Okay 5.0

Pros: Boarding the plane the front and rear doors were open to speed up the boarding process.

Cons: The women that checked us in at the counter was not nice and handled checking in our bags very poorly. 15 kg per bag for $50 then $15 per kg over 15 kg is the most expensive bag charge I have ever experienced. Only airline that has weighed my carry on too.

Thu., 20 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Mon., 24 Feb.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 5 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
BNE
MEL
Good 7.5

Pros: Very friendly crew, helpful check-in people

Cons: I don't think any of the seats reclined.

MEL
CBR
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Everything went smoothly as on earlier experiences. Friendly and helpful staff at airport.

Cons: The departure gate was not displayed on the electronic board at the airport until an announcement that boarding was 'commencing' which caused some unnecessary anxiety.

TSV
MEL
Okay 4.6

Cons: No issues with the flight itself or crew however the flight was rescheduled after booking from 11.45am departure to 8.35pm (then urther delay of 30m on day).

PPP
SYD
Excellent 9.5

Pros: We had emergency exit seats so very good leg room and seat back magazine small item holder.

Cons: Flight was 20min late.

CNS
BNE
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Staff were nice and kind.

Cons: Nil.

Wed., 15 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Thu., 30 Jan.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 16 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
SYD
OOL
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Complimentary water

MEL
CBR
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Everything went smoothly as on earlier experiences. Friendly and helpful staff at airport.

Cons: The departure gate was not displayed on the electronic board at the airport until an announcement that boarding was 'commencing' which caused some unnecessary anxiety.

MEL
SYD
Poor 0.0

Pros: I couldn't get to the Flight. I was told that the boarding closed. I reached there exact 30 minutes before the Flight. I didn't receive my Itenary Email and Flight Details in Email from BYO Jets.

BNE
CNS
Okay 5.6

Pros: Price was good. Flight was delayed due to delay in incoming flight, and explanation was clear.

Cons: My poor spine does not like budget airline seats at all.

CBR
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Much better than Jetstar in every way , especially the legroom

Cons: Nothing

Thu., 19 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Sat., 11 Jan.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 24 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
SYD
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Punctual

Cons: Aircraft not the cleanest

MEL
OOL
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Allow 10kg hand luggage

SYD
BNE
Okay 4.5

Pros: Cabin crew pretty so-so. No food to buy, no tea or coffee. Just water.

Cons: Practically everything!

CBR
BNE
Excellent 8.4

Pros: Awesome crew.

Cons: Snack on flight

CNS
SYD
Excellent 9.5

Pros: crew was friendly, online checkin opens 72 hrs before and they send notification email as a reminder.

Thu., 16 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Fri., 31 Jan.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 16 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
SYD
MEL
Good 7.0

Pros: Pleasant staff, comfy seats on the new 737-800

Cons: Delayed boarding, no food to purchase on board

MEL
CNS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Great boarding process, friendly staff, clean cabin, perfectly on time. Espresso martinis!

Cons: N/A

BNE
MEL
Good 7.0

Pros: Clean and tidy aircraft, pleasant crew, on time

Cons: wouldnt want a longer journey as the seats are narrow and uncomfortable

MEL
PER
Good 7.5

Pros: Seat didnt have adjustable head rest, seat did not recline. Lights stayed on nearly the entire time even though it was a flight from 10-2am AEST.

MEL
SYD
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Free upgrade to exit seats because I’m tall! Didn’t even ask!

Cons: Nothing, was everything we could have expected of a short hall flight!

Mon., 30 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Sat., 4 Jan.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 6 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
BNE
SYD
Mediocre 2.3

Cons: We did not get on the flight, there was no staff available to check in our bags. Everyone we spoke to was rude and abnoxious at Brisbane airport. The only people were lovely and helpful were the volunteers in the blue shirts who tried to direct us in the right direction. We finally got on a flight and still had to pay for it.

MEL
SYD
Okay 4.5

Cons: To fly on time.

MEL
ADL
Good 7.3

Pros: Helpful checkin staff and air stewards. Ran on time and would pick Tiger over Jetstar.

SYD
CNS
Good 7.2

Pros: The crew was amazing. Super nice and acodating.

Cons: They don’t tell you that you have to pay for baggage and that if you pay at the airport it is 3x the amount! I was astonished and I felt lied to!

CNS
BNE
Excellent 8.3

Pros: We had to change aircraft as the one we were on wasn’t flying. However staff were happy and just got the job done!

Thu., 19 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Mon., 23 Dec.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 5 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
MEL
SYD
Poor 0.0

Pros: I couldn't get to the Flight. I was told that the boarding closed. I reached there exact 30 minutes before the Flight. I didn't receive my Itenary Email and Flight Details in Email from BYO Jets.

CNS
BNE
Excellent 8.3

Pros: We had to change aircraft as the one we were on wasn’t flying. However staff were happy and just got the job done!

TSV
MEL
Okay 4.6

Cons: No issues with the flight itself or crew however the flight was rescheduled after booking from 11.45am departure to 8.35pm (then urther delay of 30m on day).

OOL
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Good service by friendly crew . The flight went quickly , & the landing was top notch.

BNE
MEL
Good 7.0

Pros: Clean and tidy aircraft, pleasant crew, on time

Cons: wouldnt want a longer journey as the seats are narrow and uncomfortable

Sat., 14 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Sun., 15 Dec.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 2 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
MEL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Boarding was quick

Cons: The flight had a lot of turbulence

MEL
OOL
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Allow 10kg hand luggage

CNS
BNE
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Staff were nice and kind.

Cons: Nil.

MEL
SYD
Okay 4.5

Cons: To fly on time.

MEL
ADL
Good 7.3

Pros: Helpful checkin staff and air stewards. Ran on time and would pick Tiger over Jetstar.

Mon., 23 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Thu., 26 Dec.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 4 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
MEL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Boarding was quick

Cons: The flight had a lot of turbulence

SYD
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Punctual

Cons: Aircraft not the cleanest

MEL
SYD
Poor 0.0

Pros: I couldn't get to the Flight. I was told that the boarding closed. I reached there exact 30 minutes before the Flight. I didn't receive my Itenary Email and Flight Details in Email from BYO Jets.

SYD
OOL
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing.

Cons: Flight delayed about 50 mins. Lost baggage. Pooooooooor.

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing.

Cons: Flight time rescheduled meaning we had very little time for connecting flight. Then they checked our luggage in (weighed 8.5kg and only 7 allowed (charged $108). The booking in of the bags meant one of our party missed connecting flight. She arrived at gate while plane was still there and Capt said he would wait but ground staff over-ruled decision. Not happy.

Sun., 22 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Thu., 26 Dec.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 5 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
MEL
CNS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Great boarding process, friendly staff, clean cabin, perfectly on time. Espresso martinis!

Cons: N/A

MEL
BNE
Excellent 8.0

Pros: all ok.

Cons: nothing

MEL
SYD
Mediocre 2.5

Pros: There is absolutely nothing about this flight or this airline that I enjoyed in the slightest.

Cons: Everything. The staff was completely unorganized and understaffed and incredibly rude and unhelpful.

BNE
SYD
Mediocre 2.3

Cons: We did not get on the flight, there was no staff available to check in our bags. Everyone we spoke to was rude and abnoxious at Brisbane airport. The only people were lovely and helpful were the volunteers in the blue shirts who tried to direct us in the right direction. We finally got on a flight and still had to pay for it.

BNE
MEL
Good 7.5

Pros: Very friendly crew, helpful check-in people

Cons: I don't think any of the seats reclined.

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