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Information for flights to Melbourne from Cairns

Avg. flight duration 3h 24m
Flights arrive in Melbourne & other airports
Flights depart from Cairns
Flight price $220
Distance 2,312 km
Airlines Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Virgin Australia

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Low season:
March
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High season:
June
Most popular time to fly
7%
expected price increase
Average price:
$455
(price for this month)
Good deal:
$355
or less return trip within
3 months
of travel is a good deal

When to Book Flights from Cairns to Melbourne

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The cheapest flight from Cairns to Melbourne was found, on average, 24 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 14% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
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FAQs for Booking Flights to Melbourne from Cairns

How long does a flight from Cairns to Melbourne take?
The average direct flight takes 3h 25m, covering a distance of 2313 km.
How many flights are there between Cairns and Melbourne?
There are 255 (direct) flights between Cairns and Melbourne per week, averaging 34 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 ($220), Jetstar ($292) and Virgin Australia ($428).
Which airlines fly most frequently between Cairns and Melbourne?
Qantas Airways (8 times daily), Jetstar (6 times daily), Tigerair Australia (4 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, Friday 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 Thursday, with Tuesday 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 & other airports, also known as Melbourne Airport.

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Origin
Cairns
$220
only
$220
Destination
Melbourne
$220
only
$220
Fri., 9 Aug.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Tue., 20 Aug.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 12 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.3
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
MEL
SYD
Good 6.6

Pros: New food range good at breakfast

Cons: Seats a bit tight for big guys, late departure no effort to arrive on time, weighing carryon to the gram.

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.

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.

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).

MEL
PER
Mediocre 3.0

Pros: Punctual, with helpful staff.

Cons: No leg room (, I’m short.) Bad seat pockets, reduced knee room even further with anything in them. Armrests didn’t stay up. -the weighing of all hand luggage was over zealous, and could only be for the purpose of charging extra, if at all possible.

Thu., 18 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Mon., 22 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 5 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 62 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.2
AVV
SYD
Good 7.0

Cons: The seat leg room is getting smaller and smaller. You can't put your seat back- you'll crush the person behind! And I'm short!!

BNE
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Cons: No complaints at all.

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.

PER
DPS
Excellent 9.6

Cons: Not having someone farting the whole time in the plane.

CNS
MEL
Okay 4.0

Cons: baggage charges are ridiculously expensive. Let alone the ticket price, which was not cheap. Never again with your airline.

Fri., 12 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
17h 30m
Fri., 19 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 8 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
LAX
BNE
Good 7.0

Pros: Crew great seat not so much and entertainment center buggered up

CNS
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: The crew,the food

Cons: It was delayed near one hour

CBR
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Friendly crew!

CNS
MEL
Good 7.0

Cons: The flight was fine but it was 4 hours behind schedule.

SYD
AKL
Good 6.6

Pros: Crew were amazing, food was delicious

Cons: Boarding was delayed with no explanation, we sat once boarded waiting to take off not knowing what the further delay was, ended up arriving and clearing customs an hour behind schedule. This is becoming more common with my flights with Virgin Australia.

Thu., 8 Aug.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Sun., 11 Aug.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 4 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.3
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
MEL
SYD
Okay 4.3

Pros: Watching the hand luggage scale being wheeled out by a cranky employee was delightful

Cons: A woman who clearly couldn’t speak English having her weighed parcel thrown off said scale when the worker got too impatient with her. A cup of sunshine wouldn’t have gone astray

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
MEL
Good 6.4

Pros: Material of seat cover was better than fabric one

BNE
SYD
Excellent 9.2

Cons: More leg room.

BNE
MEL
Okay 5.5

Pros: The crews did their best in a bad situation and were informative and engaging. Tiger also have an easy and economical upgrade to cabin baggage weight limit.

Cons: Outbound we were delayed on the tarmac for 45mins as the cabin PA had failed. A tech had to board and reboot the computer system. Our return journey was delayed 80mins as the assigned plane had another technical issue and required replacement. On landing deboarding was delayed a further 10mins as the ground crew had brought the wrong set of steps and couldn't find the correct set. Every time fly tiger I vow it will be the last time, but they are cheap...

Fri., 9 Aug.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Mon., 26 Aug.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 18 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.3
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
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

CNS
BNE
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Staff were nice and kind.

Cons: Nil.

SYD
MEL
Good 7.0

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

Cons: Delayed boarding, no food to purchase on board

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
Excellent 8.0

Cons: Delay

Wed., 10 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
6h 25m
Thu., 18 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 9 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 62 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.2
CNS
MEL
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Everything, except luggages were not included

Cons: We had to pay for any entertainment

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 3.3

Pros: Doing 3000 km in 3 hours

Cons: I bought extra leg seats and stayed probably on the worst seats of the plane. Row 10. I asked the flight attendant if that was an extra leg and she ignored me. Terrible service and feeling that I was robbed

CNS
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: no concerns - had a seat free next to me which made it a pretty perfect flight

BNE
SYD
Okay 4.0

Cons: Why are their flights always delayed?

OOL
SYD
Excellent 9.2

Pros: Older plane with uncomfortable seat

Cons: The seat on the plane was old and uncomfortable

Fri., 12 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
7h 45m
Sun., 14 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 3 days
7.6GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.6 Good
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
BNE
APW
Okay 4.0

Cons: An attendant working in the check-in was very rude. I was unable to check in using the kiosk so I requested assistance from an attendant near the kiosks.The attendant refused to assist me and told me to wait until the other attendant was free. That attendant then helped the white man next to me.

BNE
PER
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Excellent service.Very clean.loved the entertainment. The landing was very good.

Cons: Nothing

AKL
OOL
Good 6.3

Pros: friendly efficient crew, good food, and good luggage allowance

Cons: booked an aisle and a window and was reassigned into a window and center seat with another pax beside in the aisle. Notwithstanding there were many vacant seats available on the flight.

MEL
CNS
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Plane trip was great , baggage pick up very slow. No entertainment on trip Melb to Cairns so can't comment.

PER
SYD
Good 6.8

Pros: Seats very uncomfortable No leg room

Cons: Better seat bottom & seat back to short & Badly configured for taller people Not enough leg room !!!

Tue., 18 Jun.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Tue., 25 Jun.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
14h 00m
Trip: 8 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 62 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.2
CNS
MEL
Good 7.0

Cons: No entertainment at all, not even a app

CNS
MEL
Good 6.0

Pros: Don’t expect miracles

MEL
SYD
Mediocre 3.6

Cons: Predatory baggage fees at the gate, not a good option for travelers.

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.

BNE
SYD
Okay 4.0

Cons: Why are their flights always delayed?

Fri., 28 Jun.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Tue., 2 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
6h 10m
Trip: 5 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 62 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.2
CNS
MEL
Mediocre 3.3

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Cheap airline with "gotcha" approach. We were not able to check in on line (their site was not able to find our Kayak reservations). When we showed up in the airport, they refused us to have luggage as carry on and charged us $50 per each piece. They told "you should have checked in baggage on line". REALLY????. No surprise, the flight was late.

CNS
MEL
Good 6.6

Pros: Flight on time, cabin crew lovely and professional. Got me to my destination safely - thank you.

Cons: Seats small and uncomfortable, coffee $4 not complimentary.

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: We were charged $330 for 3 bags. We were not aware of these charges. In addition we were told that if we paid on line for the bags just 2 hours earlier that the charges would have been just a fraction of that price. Very deceptive!

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Domestic flight, no entertainment on board staff just, can't even get a glass of water,

CNS
MEL
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Having flown budget airlines in several different countries it is well accepted that you get what you pay for. Jetstar is definitely a cheap, no frills flight but the seats are comfortable, the carry-on baggage allowance reasonable, and the extras not entirely outrageous. When needing to be budget conscious and able to travel light, this is definitely a good option.

Fri., 5 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Sun., 7 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 3 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 62 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.2
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.

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 2.0

Cons: Excessive and tricky baggage fees. Not even free water. Plane was filthy. Crew had bad attitude. And it was 1 hour late.

CNS
MEL
Okay 5.5

Cons: The seats are to upright, and there no pocket on the back of the seat in front to store anything.

CNS
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Aircraft had a device holder. Good idea!

Thu., 4 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Sun., 7 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 4 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 62 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.2
CNS
MEL
Good 6.0

Cons: very confusing and stupid luggage policy. I paid extra for weight but did not appear to need to so as no one's bags were weighed (maybe because we left out of the international terminal?). Get rid of the weight requirements and just do a bag size and number limit. (We can all count, but few folks have a scale to accurately weigh their luggage - especially tourists).

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Very uncomfortable. In addition, At time of boarding, I was carrying a very light carry on. 9lbs. Only airline I've heard charging $50AUS, if it's over 7lb. Unheard of. (For safety reasons). Bull. Many other passengers had plenty of larger and heavier baggage of which I pointed out. Matthew (at the gate) mentioned it didn't matter, because I was the one being selected, (in other words, I was the one that looked most like a tourist). I had a very light LV carry on duffle bag. People were carrying rolling luggage.... While the payment didn't bother me, what bothered me was the fact of having to put my luggage understand. Seats in plane were ridiculously uncomfortable. Unlike anything else.

CNS
DPS
Okay 5.5

Pros: Seats were comfortable, good pilot.

Cons: The arrival time was delayed by 2 hours and boarding was 45 minutes late, despite this being the only flight leaving Cairns that night.

BNE
SYD
Okay 4.0

Cons: Why are their flights always delayed?

CNS
MEL
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Everything, except luggages were not included

Cons: We had to pay for any entertainment

Sun., 30 Jun.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Wed., 3 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
6h 10m
Trip: 4 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 62 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.2
MEL
SYD
Mediocre 3.6

Cons: Predatory baggage fees at the gate, not a good option for travelers.

CNS
MEL
Good 6.0

Cons: very confusing and stupid luggage policy. I paid extra for weight but did not appear to need to so as no one's bags were weighed (maybe because we left out of the international terminal?). Get rid of the weight requirements and just do a bag size and number limit. (We can all count, but few folks have a scale to accurately weigh their luggage - especially tourists).

CNS
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: I got there

Cons: They charged extra for our bags if I would have known that up front I probably would have used another airline

HNL
SYD
Good 7.0

Cons: The flight is long

CNS
MEL
Okay 5.5

Cons: The seats are to upright, and there no pocket on the back of the seat in front to store anything.

Sun., 14 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Sat., 20 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 7 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 62 reviews
Overall
6.3
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.2
CNS
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Excessive and tricky baggage fees. Not even free water. Plane was filthy. Crew had bad attitude. And it was 1 hour late.

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 3.0

Cons: I did not pay for my luggage in advance as I had trouble with the Internet site. I ended up paying $250 to check two bags and rhen I had to retrieve them in Melbourne and recheck them. They wanted to charge me again but I complained so much they waived the second fee. The whole thing was rediculous. I will never fly this airline again if i don't have to. They charge you exorbitant prices for everything.

CNS
DPS
Okay 5.5

Pros: Seats were comfortable, good pilot.

Cons: The arrival time was delayed by 2 hours and boarding was 45 minutes late, despite this being the only flight leaving Cairns that night.

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Worst airline I have ever used. The crew of the actual flight was fine but the people working for the airline in the terminal were very rude. Unfortunately this cheap airline doesn't include any baggage with their ticket prices (which I have never heard of before) and I was extremely surprised when we had to pay $150 for our regular checked luggage that we have flown with for free all over Australia from the US on 5 flights so far. That I can deal with but then the real fun became when we were on line to board the plane and the in terminal crew came out with scales and pulled a nice little scam of charging to check in any carry on luggage (which the woman at the check in counter said was ok to bring on board) for $50 a bag which even included a small suitcase that fit easily in the overhead compartment. If I had only spent the extra $20 or so to use a real airline from the beginning I would have saved $250 on the baggage costs that Jetstar scammed from me. Never ever again will I use this airline and I will be writing them this same email. Make sure you all read the fine print when booking this scam of an airline.

CNS
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Low cost carrier but all extras add up. Flight was on time. Boarding procedure was very orderly and quick. Rules on carry-on seemed more lienient for some and very strict on others.

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