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Avg. flight duration 3h 23m
Flights arrive in Melbourne
Flights depart from Cairns
Flight price $172
Distance 2,313 km
Airlines Jetstar, Tigerair Australia

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Average price:
$336
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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 174 (direct) flights between Cairns and Melbourne per week, averaging 24 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 ($172) and Tigerair Australia ($179)
Which airlines fly most frequently between Cairns and Melbourne?
Tigerair Australia (5 times daily), Qantas Airways (4 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?
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Origin
Cairns
$172
only
$172
Destination
Melbourne
$172
only
$172
Thu., 6 Aug.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Mon., 10 Aug.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 5 days
6.4Good Show reviews
Overall 6.4 Good
Based on 63 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.3
SYD
HBA
Excellent 8.4

Pros: Early morning flight meant no delays. Walked straight on the flight and we were off. No fuss...

Cons: The flight announcements were loud and abrasive which woke everyone sleeping on the early morning flight. No doubt is was that particular cabin manager and not the norm.

SYD
AVV
Good 6.5

Pros: No the crew weren’t amazing & the seats were just okay. The flight was pretty full. The guy driving made two safe landings at Avalon

Cons: Jetstar - c,mon, it’s an airborne bus really.

SYD
AKL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Great crew and seats were very comfortable

Cons: The person sitting next to me was extra nervous which was a little un nerving

BNE
MEL
Okay 5.5

Pros: The crew were not particularly friendly. They were somewhat abrupt.

Cons: The crew’s attitude to passengers and manner of communication. The flight was delayed by about 20 to 25 minutes but there were no announcements about it or apologies for the inconvenience.

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.

Fri., 24 Apr.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Sun., 26 Apr.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 3 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
ADL
SYD
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Very rude team. Never ever travel with tiger airlines again

CBR
MEL
Excellent 10.0

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

Cons: Nothing

SYD
OOL
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing.

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

MEL
ADL
Good 7.3

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

CBR
BNE
Excellent 8.4

Pros: Awesome crew.

Cons: Snack on flight

Wed., 29 Apr.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Wed., 6 May
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 8 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
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
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!

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!

OOL
SYD
Okay 5.3

Cons: Travelling on time. The flight was 1 hour late

MEL
SYD
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Time of boarding and the flight were fast and on time.

Fri., 13 Mar.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Tue., 17 Mar.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 5 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
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.

BNE
DRW
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Our Monday evening flight was cancelled (midair so we wasted a night flying halfway there and back). 3 hours waiting to be told the next available flight is Friday evening. Told we would be refunded for accommodation costs up to $120 per night per person. 2 weeks later and yet to see that money. There is no inflight entertainment or food. Hand luggage is weighed at the airport and it is $50 if you are over 7kg

MEL
HBA
Okay 4.5

Pros: We got here safely

Cons: USB port

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

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).

Sat., 25 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Wed., 29 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 5 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
OOL
SYD
Okay 5.3

Cons: Travelling on time. The flight was 1 hour late

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.

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!

BNE
SYD
Good 7.0

Pros: The price.

Cons: Little room and having the seat in front reclined back as soon as possible, and until the very end of the flight. Reclining economy seats in minimal space budget airlines are just plain rediculous. Have those airline bisses never tried their own cattle class?

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.

Thu., 30 Apr.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Mon., 4 May
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 5 days
6.4Good Show reviews
Overall 6.4 Good
Based on 63 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.3
CNS
MEL
Good 6.3

Pros: We can't remember his name but the cabin crew leader was excellent with a great sense of humour. He really "made" the trip. He was also firm but in a polite way when someone stood up before they should have. We didn't have anything to eat so can't comment on the food. Carolyn and Andrew Dowling

CNS
MEL
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Everything, except luggages were not included

Cons: We had to pay for any entertainment

HNL
SYD
Excellent 9.0

Cons: Having to pay for baggage & food for such a long flight

CHC
AKL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: On check in we were offered the extra legroom right at the front, with just the two of us on the row!

ADL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: the crew was amazing

Cons: the seats were uncomfortable

Thu., 2 Apr.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 30m
Tue., 7 Apr.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 6 days
6.4Good Show reviews
Overall 6.4 Good
Based on 63 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.3
HNL
SYD
Excellent 9.0

Cons: Having to pay for baggage & food for such a long flight

BNE
LST
Good 7.5

Cons: Cramped

SYD
NAN
Okay 5.0

Pros: Seats okay but would not recline

Cons: Our flight was delayed because of poor rostering due to one of the crew being out of hours and another crew member had to be brought from Brisbane to Sydney to join the flight. Not very professional in my eyes.

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
MEL
Excellent 8.6

Pros: I loved the process and crew communication in consideration of the amount of passengers.

Cons: Considering the media coverage of an airborne virus killing people seemingly quickly - I would have expected an airline (travelling from the genesis of the disease) to supply face masks.... the crew and other passengers expressed similar concerns, perhaps a decent consideration.

Thu., 27 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Mon., 2 Mar.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 5 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
BNE
SYD
Okay 4.0

Pros: Not much.

Cons: 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!

CBR
BNE
Excellent 8.4

Pros: Awesome crew.

Cons: Snack on flight

PER
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: It’s on time

MEL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Boarding was quick

Cons: The flight had a lot of turbulence

CNS
SYD
Good 7.6

Pros: Some of the crew was great, some not so friendly.

Cons: Not charge for every little bag

Sat., 22 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 20m
Tue., 25 Feb.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 4 days
6.4Good Show reviews
Overall 6.4 Good
Based on 63 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.3
BNE
LST
Good 7.5

Cons: Cramped

AKL
CHC
Excellent 9.5

Pros: Efficient, professional crew

Cons: More space. Snacks, at least a drink! (that doesn't require more expenditure)

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.

CNS
MEL
Excellent 10.0

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

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

Fri., 3 Apr.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Wed., 8 Apr.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 6 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
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

MEL
CNS
Excellent 10.0

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

Cons: N/A

ADL
SYD
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Very rude team. Never ever travel with tiger airlines again

SYD
BNE
Good 6.6

Cons: 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 !!

BNE
MEL
Good 7.5

Pros: Very friendly crew, helpful check-in people

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

Sun., 23 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 20m
Tue., 25 Feb.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 3 days
6.4Good Show reviews
Overall 6.4 Good
Based on 63 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.3
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 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

SYD
AKL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Great crew and seats were very comfortable

Cons: The person sitting next to me was extra nervous which was a little un nerving

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
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.

Wed., 26 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Thu., 27 Feb.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 2 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
BNE
SYD
Mediocre 3.0

Pros: My seat was not kicked. No crying babies. (Neither was due to the airline).

Cons: Queue Jump was initially ignored, at gate. Flight attendant made sarcastic comments. No food to purchase, not even tea/coffee.

MEL
CNS
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Easy, cheap and great for short-haul flight

Cons: cramped, but was on a new plane which was actually much better than other tiger flights i've taken!

MEL
SYD
Mediocre 3.0

Cons: The flight was extremely delayed and appeared to be the turn around time due to the flight arrival time and the passengers on the flight unloading. I note that my departure flight was also delayed significantly. This return flight delay caused me to miss my flight, even though I had a good buffer.

CNS
SYD
Good 7.6

Pros: Some of the crew was great, some not so friendly.

Cons: Not charge for every little bag

OOL
MEL
Excellent 8.0

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

Thu., 20 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Sun., 23 Feb.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Trip: 4 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
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

CNS
SYD
Good 7.6

Pros: Some of the crew was great, some not so friendly.

Cons: Not charge for every little bag

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Quick flight

Cons: Boring and uncomfortable

MEL
ADL
Good 7.3

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

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).

Fri., 3 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne
3h 25m
Sat., 11 Jul.
MEL
Melbourne
CNS
Cairns
3h 25m
Trip: 9 days
6.7Good Show reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 3 reviews
Overall
6.7
Boarding
6.8
Comfort
6.4
Crew
7.4
Entertainment
5.2
Food
5.9
MEL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Cons: Delay

BNE
SYD
Mediocre 3.0

Pros: My seat was not kicked. No crying babies. (Neither was due to the airline).

Cons: Queue Jump was initially ignored, at gate. Flight attendant made sarcastic comments. No food to purchase, not even tea/coffee.

CNS
BNE
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Staff were nice and kind.

Cons: Nil.

SYD
BNE
Okay 4.5

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

Cons: Practically everything!

MEL
HBA
Good 7.0

Pros: The flight was routine and got us to where we wanted to go

Cons: The flight was 20 minutes late leaving

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