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Information for flights to Melbourne & other airports from Cairns

Avg. flight duration 3h 22m
Flights arrive in Melbourne & other airports
Flights depart from Cairns
Flight price $246
Distance 2,312 km
Airlines Jetstar, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia

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Low season:
May
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High season:
October
Most popular time to fly
8%
expected price increase
Average price:
$342
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good deal:
$332
or less (return)

When to Book Flights from Cairns to Melbourne & other airports

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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $332 or less.
The cheapest flight from Cairns to Melbourne & other airports was found, on average, 73 days before departure.
Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be September, October and November. The cheapest month to fly is May.
Morning departure is around 5% 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 Flights to Melbourne & other airports from Cairns

How long does a flight from Cairns to Melbourne & other airports take?
An average non-stop flight takes 3h 20m, covering a distance of 2313 km.
How many flights are there between Cairns and Melbourne & other airports?
There are 415 (non-stop) flights between Cairns and Melbourne & other airports per week, averaging 59 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Cairns to Melbourne & other airports?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Jetstar ($246), Tigerair Australia ($333) and Virgin Australia ($491).
Which airlines fly most frequently between Cairns and Melbourne & other airports?
Qantas Airways (14 times daily), Jetstar (11 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 & other airports?
For Cairns to Melbourne & other airports, Monday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Saturday is the most expensive. Flying from Melbourne & other airports back to Cairns, the best deals are generally found on Thursday, with Friday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Cairns to Melbourne & other airports (return)

Airports
Origin
Cairns
$246
only
$246
Destination
Melbourne
$246
only
$246
Mon., 25 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 20m
Mon., 18 Mar.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 21 days
Overall 5.7 OK
Based on 53 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
CNS
MEL
OK 5.0

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

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.

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

Charged $60 for checking a bag. After which not loading the bag on plan which they charged. Even coffee cost money on this flight. I would not recommend this nor I would fly again without this airline.

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

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 3.0

Jetstar changed our flight and made it earlier by 3 hours, causing us to have to schedule the next day instead and lose half a day at our destination, they didn't even offer a free checked bag to compensate for our losing half a day in touring! Seat recline is almost nil, spacing, my 5'7" frame knees were in the seat in front....boarding chaotic, would never fly them again! Charge bags at odd weight increments.....

CNS
MEL
Excellent 10.0

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

Fri., 11 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Mon., 14 Jan.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 4 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.8
MEL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Delay

MEL
OOL
Mediocre 2.0

This companies business model is high friction. I ended up with two tickets for my daughter on the same flights as one of their affiliates had problems with their website so it told me I wasn’t successful booking when i later found out the message was wrong. In the interim i booked the small flights on Tiger. I called both companies 4 times got the usual Asian call center responses and finally someone had the guts to tell me they would do nothing about it. Just insane and that’s what you will be if you ignore my advice. My daughter ended up with two flights she could never use and they would not do a single thing to help apart from go through their call center script to keep their jobs. You have been warned. Kayak should never refer people to gotogate.com. They offer similar customer service and would also do nothing.

BNE
SYD
OK 4.0

Not much.

Boarding exceptionally slow due to intensive screening of each passengers hand luggage. Opportunististic for making an extra $36/bag if a gram over 7. Seat unable to recline. Literally not enough room for legs and needed to sit sideways and I’m not that tall!

MEL
BNE
Excellent 8.0

all ok.

nothing

ADL
SYD
Mediocre 2.0

Very rude team. Never ever travel with tiger airlines again

Mon., 5 Nov.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
6h 25m
Sat., 10 Nov.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 6 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 9 reviews
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
WLG
BNE
Excellent 8.6

No in flight entertainment

BNE
POM
Good 7.0

Not that crowded for a Monday morning flight.

Didn't have enough landing cards.

SYD
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Politeness of staff Check in

Using the back stairs Inflight wifi Costs

PER
BNE
Mediocre 3.3

Meal on board was probably the worst I’ve ever had on any airline, including the very cheap Asian ones. Virgin has set a new low in customer service

CNS
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Great service, quick boarding and deboarding

Na

Mon., 31 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 20m
Mon., 7 Jan.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 5.7 OK
Based on 53 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
CNS
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

Charged $60 for checking a bag. After which not loading the bag on plan which they charged. Even coffee cost money on this flight. I would not recommend this nor I would fly again without this airline.

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

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
Good 6.6

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

Seats small and uncomfortable, coffee $4 not complimentary.

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 3.0

Jetstar changed our flight and made it earlier by 3 hours, causing us to have to schedule the next day instead and lose half a day at our destination, they didn't even offer a free checked bag to compensate for our losing half a day in touring! Seat recline is almost nil, spacing, my 5'7" frame knees were in the seat in front....boarding chaotic, would never fly them again! Charge bags at odd weight increments.....

CNS
MEL
Excellent 10.0

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

Sat., 29 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Wed., 2 Jan.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 5 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.8
MEL
OOL
Mediocre 2.0

This companies business model is high friction. I ended up with two tickets for my daughter on the same flights as one of their affiliates had problems with their website so it told me I wasn’t successful booking when i later found out the message was wrong. In the interim i booked the small flights on Tiger. I called both companies 4 times got the usual Asian call center responses and finally someone had the guts to tell me they would do nothing about it. Just insane and that’s what you will be if you ignore my advice. My daughter ended up with two flights she could never use and they would not do a single thing to help apart from go through their call center script to keep their jobs. You have been warned. Kayak should never refer people to gotogate.com. They offer similar customer service and would also do nothing.

ADL
SYD
Mediocre 2.0

Very rude team. Never ever travel with tiger airlines again

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing.

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.

BNE
SYD
OK 4.0

Not much.

Boarding exceptionally slow due to intensive screening of each passengers hand luggage. Opportunististic for making an extra $36/bag if a gram over 7. Seat unable to recline. Literally not enough room for legs and needed to sit sideways and I’m not that tall!

MEL
CBR
Excellent 10.0

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

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.

Thu., 1 Nov.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Fri., 9 Nov.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 9 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.8
MEL
OOL
Mediocre 2.0

This companies business model is high friction. I ended up with two tickets for my daughter on the same flights as one of their affiliates had problems with their website so it told me I wasn’t successful booking when i later found out the message was wrong. In the interim i booked the small flights on Tiger. I called both companies 4 times got the usual Asian call center responses and finally someone had the guts to tell me they would do nothing about it. Just insane and that’s what you will be if you ignore my advice. My daughter ended up with two flights she could never use and they would not do a single thing to help apart from go through their call center script to keep their jobs. You have been warned. Kayak should never refer people to gotogate.com. They offer similar customer service and would also do nothing.

MEL
CBR
Excellent 10.0

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

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
BNE
Excellent 8.0

all ok.

nothing

SYD
BNE
Good 6.6

Having to put my own luggage tags on only to be told by a fit man “ they’re upside down!’l he should’ve put them On !!

ADL
SYD
Mediocre 2.0

Very rude team. Never ever travel with tiger airlines again

Sun., 30 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 20m
Wed., 2 Jan.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 5.7 OK
Based on 53 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
CNS
MEL
OK 5.0

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

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.

CNS
MEL
Excellent 10.0

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

CNS
MEL
Good 7.0

No entertainment at all, not even a app

CNS
MEL
Excellent 9.0

Everything, except luggages were not included

We had to pay for any entertainment

CNS
MEL
Good 6.6

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

Seats small and uncomfortable, coffee $4 not complimentary.

Sat., 22 Sep.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Tue., 25 Sep.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 5.7 OK
Based on 53 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
CNS
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Efficient and friendly ground staff and crew. An overall great experience! This was a Qantas flight operated on Jetstar equipment, which may be the reason checked baggage fees did not apply as the Qantas fee was slightly higher than purchasing straight from Jetstar.

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 3.0

Jetstar changed our flight and made it earlier by 3 hours, causing us to have to schedule the next day instead and lose half a day at our destination, they didn't even offer a free checked bag to compensate for our losing half a day in touring! Seat recline is almost nil, spacing, my 5'7" frame knees were in the seat in front....boarding chaotic, would never fly them again! Charge bags at odd weight increments.....

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

Charged $60 for checking a bag. After which not loading the bag on plan which they charged. Even coffee cost money on this flight. I would not recommend this nor I would fly again without this airline.

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 2.0

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
Excellent 9.0

Everything, except luggages were not included

We had to pay for any entertainment

Tue., 6 Nov.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
8h 25m
Tue., 13 Nov.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
5h 35m
Trip: 8 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 9 reviews
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
CNS
MEL
Good 6.3

That's the main thing :)

SYD
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Politeness of staff Check in

Using the back stairs Inflight wifi Costs

CHC
BNE
Mediocre 2.0

There was no clear indication that we were not allowed to check any bags. We had to check 2 bags at $230. Not impressed wth how this went. I’ll be booking direct next time.

BNE
POM
Good 7.0

Not that crowded for a Monday morning flight.

Didn't have enough landing cards.

SYD
PER
Excellent 10.0

The flight was fantastic boarding crew were great and the onboard crew were very nice. I enjoyed the onboard wifi and the meal.

I didn't like that my gate and terminal numbers were changed so many times. It messed up the meeting of family. Also I really hate that there is not much leg room.

Fri., 26 Oct.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Thu., 1 Nov.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
7h 15m
Trip: 7 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.8
SYD
BNE
Good 6.6

Having to put my own luggage tags on only to be told by a fit man “ they’re upside down!’l he should’ve put them On !!

MEL
CBR
Excellent 10.0

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

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
OOL
Mediocre 2.0

This companies business model is high friction. I ended up with two tickets for my daughter on the same flights as one of their affiliates had problems with their website so it told me I wasn’t successful booking when i later found out the message was wrong. In the interim i booked the small flights on Tiger. I called both companies 4 times got the usual Asian call center responses and finally someone had the guts to tell me they would do nothing about it. Just insane and that’s what you will be if you ignore my advice. My daughter ended up with two flights she could never use and they would not do a single thing to help apart from go through their call center script to keep their jobs. You have been warned. Kayak should never refer people to gotogate.com. They offer similar customer service and would also do nothing.

MEL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Delay

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing.

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.

Fri., 28 Sep.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
11h 00m
Mon., 1 Oct.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 4 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 9 reviews
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
CHC
BNE
Mediocre 2.0

There was no clear indication that we were not allowed to check any bags. We had to check 2 bags at $230. Not impressed wth how this went. I’ll be booking direct next time.

WLG
BNE
Excellent 8.6

No in flight entertainment

MEL
ADL
Excellent 10.0

Seats, entertainment, meals.

Late out of the gate. Missed connecting flight.

HBA
SYD
Good 7.2

Leg room was great as we had exit row

Body odour of one of the male cabin crew

CNS
MEL
Excellent 8.0

The crew,the food

It was delayed near one hour

Wed., 6 Mar.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 20m
Mon., 11 Mar.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 5.7 OK
Based on 53 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
CNS
MEL
Good 7.0

No entertainment at all, not even a app

CNS
MEL
Good 6.6

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

Seats small and uncomfortable, coffee $4 not complimentary.

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 3.0

Jetstar changed our flight and made it earlier by 3 hours, causing us to have to schedule the next day instead and lose half a day at our destination, they didn't even offer a free checked bag to compensate for our losing half a day in touring! Seat recline is almost nil, spacing, my 5'7" frame knees were in the seat in front....boarding chaotic, would never fly them again! Charge bags at odd weight increments.....

CNS
MEL
Mediocre 3.6

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

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
OK 5.0

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

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.

Sat., 6 Oct.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
5h 30m
Tue., 9 Oct.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
6h 05m
Trip: 4 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 9 reviews
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
CHC
BNE
Mediocre 2.0

There was no clear indication that we were not allowed to check any bags. We had to check 2 bags at $230. Not impressed wth how this went. I’ll be booking direct next time.

MEL
ADL
Excellent 10.0

Seats, entertainment, meals.

Late out of the gate. Missed connecting flight.

CNS
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Great service, quick boarding and deboarding

Na

CNS
MEL
Good 6.3

That's the main thing :)

SYD
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Politeness of staff Check in

Using the back stairs Inflight wifi Costs

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