MEL - SYD
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|February||Best time to beat the crowds (24% less expensive on average)|
|June||Most popular time to fly (29% more expensive on average)|
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|$187||(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)|
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- Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $77 or less one-way and $148 or less round-trip.
- The cheapest flight from Melbourne to Sydney was found, on average, 32 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 February.
- Morning departure is around 26% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
- Planning a visit to Sydney? If so, you should know that Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways are three Australian air carriers that offer flights from Melbourne to Sydney and all use Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD), also known as Sydney Airport, as a major operations hub.
- Bar Pulpo and Nandos are two eateries in domestic terminal 2 at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport in case you plan on having a meal before your flight, but if you are at terminal 3, then Hightide Lounge and Macchinetta are two good choices before the security checkpoint, while Pasta Pomodoro and Oporto are options found in international T1.
- Passengers looking to enjoy a quiet moment of reflection before their flight from Melbourne to Sydney will be happy to know that they can make use of the multi-faith prayer room located in the forecourt of Melbourne Avalon Airport’s domestic terminal, which welcomes any visitors observing religious obligations.
- Entrepreneurs and corporate flyers can enjoy the hospitality of the PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport hotel, which is connected to both domestic and international terminals at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and has dedicated conference centre and meeting room facilities, making it ideal business accommodation or a great place to host a special event or reception.
- If you wish to leave your car at Melbourne Avalon Airport while you’re away on business or pleasure, you’ll be happy to know that there is a single car park directly opposite the terminals, which is open for short term or long term parking, avoiding the hassle of shuttles and walking, and is also good for pickups and drop-offs.
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Top airlines flying Melbourne to Sydney Kingsford Smith
Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Bag drop was a mess in flight was great"
Pros: "Crew was amazing"
Cons: "Nothing, great flight"
Cons: "Flight was delayed an hour and boarding was slow due to only using one aircraft door."
Cons: "Lounge is disorganised with bad coffee"
Pros: "Crew was friendly and helpful"
Cons: "Food wasn’t the best... no water bottles provided... chronically thirsty on that flight."
Pros: "Virgin lounge staff were super friendly and helpful - getting me on an earlier flight and giving me a spare seat next to me!"
Cons: "nothing negative to say"
Cons: "I really appreciate very comfort seat more legs room than other aircraft and crew member very helpful And regarding food it’s just ok, rest is find"
Pros: "Being given the exit row seat"
Cons: "Zero gluten free provided snacks One of the cabin crew were particularly condescending"
Pros: "Yes excellent!"
Cons: "Everything was great"
Pros: "Free wifi"
Cons: "Not much"
Cons: "Présence of entertainment"
Pros: "Quick easy painless and on time"
Cons: "flight cancelled"
Pros: "Lovely friendly staff"
Cons: "Flight delayed"
Pros: "Melbourne has got self check in and bag drop working well....Sydney, take note and passengers be ready for it. That said the ground crew are there to help, but read the signs and don't get cranky if you hey sent back to do what you're meant to. On board, the cheese and cracker snack pack I got was great, nice to see complimentary snacks and drinks being maintained. Onboatd wifi via the app worked well and was actually able to use inflight entertainment on hand held device online the Sydney to Melbourne leg"
Cons: "It was a full flight but there was too much cabin luggage. Ppl had oversized bags and too much of it. Get stricter with the measurements would be my suggestion."
Pros: "Economy X was excellent value for getting 3 seats between 2, best I've ever slept in economy. Plane was late arriving before departure so boarding was late but we did leave and arrive on time. As I had an upset stomach the crew were nice enough to give me extra crackers and it was no hassle getting me herbal tea."
Cons: "Would be nice to have onboard entertainment included"
Cons: "Row 10 seats were extremely cramped. Seemed worse than usual. Was placed in middle seat and was unable to even read a magazine. Hostess saw how cramped I was and commented that I should purchase a x class fare, Perhaps virgin should ensure they supply adequate basic seating"
Cons: "In flight entertainment screens would not work properly"
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Food VERY basic SErvice just OK"
Cons: "We still in Auckland as without any notification airline staff has cancelled our ticket and we had so much drama at the airport and we couldn’t catch the flight and we had to come back home please explain why this is happened? Contact email- email@example.com"
Pros: "I did not like anything at all"
Cons: "They have problem finding my ticket because they say delta rebooked my ticket and they don’t have the information. I almost missed my flight for that reason. I don’t think I will ever book with Virgin Australia again"
Pros: "Friendly and helpful Stewards. Virgin Australia 1 free checked luggage is great."
Cons: "The queue for the loo was a bit ridiculous. Passengers were lining up in the isle besides our seats instead of waiting in thier seat for a vacancy."
Pros: "Love the inclusion of one checked bag in the ticket price. Like the free snack and hot drink."
Pros: "6 years. I am old and have been cared for very well."
Pros: "Easy checkin online. Easy bag drop at airport. Staff friendly and helpful. Snack enjoyable."
Cons: "Typical seating, far too cramped. Person beside me encroached on my personal space throughout the flight. Thank goodness it was only a 2hr flight between Melbourne & Brisbane."
Cons: "Going Melbourne delayed nearly 1.5hour Back home Brisbane another nearly 1.5hour and gate change a few times Very very bad experience"
Pros: "Quick and efficient loading process"
Pros: "My Mum has mild dementia and was going to Sydney from Maroochydore to visit family. From check in at MCY to arrival back at MCY the staff looked after her very well. She needed assistance boarding and disembarking and they were very helpful and courteous and that's why I choose Virgin over the other airline that flies the same route."
Pros: "Great flight, easy-no delays."
Pros: "arrived on time crew were polite and friendly."
Cons: "when boarding the plane from rear maybe passengers in the front should board first to save the mayhem."
Pros: "Cleanliness, friendliness of stewards, seats."
Cons: "a more substantial breakfast snack would have been nice and then the option to select meal type. I left the supplied cookie as I am vegan."
Pros: "they eventually returned it"
Cons: "they lost my bag"
Cons: "they lost our bag on a direct flight, how can they do that? when we got there they only have an agent who told us to contact virgin airlines in melbourne!!!"
Pros: "The lumbar support in the Virgin seat makes all the difference, plus the info re toilets, either get up now or wait till food service stops, and the instruction to put seat in upright position for eating much appreciated. I also LOVED the unexpected brilliant in-house video of psychology. Dr Andrew Ley(?) Food was great, nothing ridiculous, hot tasty and healthy. I liked there was no over packaging that took up my tray table room. Jetstar is a torture chamber with those seats that cause your back to curl over."
Pros: "Wonderful experience from check in, to inflight crew and quickness of receiving bags. Would fly with Virgin Australia anytime."
Pros: "nice aircraft. hosts were promt to address any issue."
Cons: "lack of movie options especially hindi movies"
Pros: "Friendly crew, landed on time"
Cons: "Atrocious food"
Pros: "The staff was extremely friendly!"
Cons: "I wish there was entertainment, but it's understandable that it does not exist on domestic flights."
Cons: "I don’t think it’s acceptable to not give any food on a 6 hour flight. Also to pay for food we need to wait for the cart. I sat hungry for awhile."
Pros: "A cold drink just when I needed it. Thank you"
Pros: "The flight was good, there was enough leg room."
Cons: "My husband and I are seniors, luckily we exercise daily, because we were told to take the stairs down to the airplane and had to walk to the plane in the rain and then walk up the stairs to the plane. When we boarded we actually should have gone through the plane as our seats were closer to the front. The stewardess should have used common sense and directed everyone through the plane, there was absolutely no reason to send people through the rain."
Pros: "Departure lounge isn’t a 5 km hike from the street! Plane seems to have more leg room, onboard snack. Generally an easier package"
Cons: "Can’t think of a single thing!"
Pros: "We know you want to make money. Have a heart and give us some more legroom. It’s cruel how you pack people in. It’s ridiculous. Luckily it’s a short flight, but, man, your greed is causing people pain."
Cons: "See above."
Pros: "Flight was delayed for 2 and a half hours. Ground staff were rude and dismissive and just huddled together to chat to each other and joke."
Cons: "Ground service - once airborne it was ok"
Cons: "Flight cancelled, then booked by Virgin without consultation, onto a flight via Sydney that would take 6 1/2 hrs to get there, had to request another flight but still lost most of the day of my holiday, plus left with many phone calls re change of rental car, arrival , parking bookings, and no compensation and then stress when I got to the airport and was told that despite being "booked " on the much later flight, now I might not actually have a seat. I had to wait while attendant at counter tried to find seats and only watch as they were taken by someone else several times. So unnecessarily stressful and misleading. Lost my original seats, had to sit separate from my companion, and no real concern by Virgin about their impact on customers' plans. Last time I flew, the plane was cancelled, and we had to wait hours for another one in the terminal, so I missed the body corporate meeting that was the ONLY reason I was flying to Brisbane, paying for overnight accommodation and car rental and flight and I MISSED it. Huge cost for NOTHING, as despite driving straight to the meeting, it was just finishing. Whilst at the airport trying to fly home, I heard another Virgin flight cancelled , again due to "unscheduled maintenance". Seems that maintenance and mechanical problems are common and way more common than they should be. So that is a big worry!"
Cons: "I didn't like seeing the build up of food and small rubbish in the seat tracks in front of me on both trips, there and back. It was revolting. Clearly the company vacuuming the carpet doesn't bother doing the job properly and doesn't take the time to look from the window seat position. Shocking indeed."
Pros: "Speed of service and willingness to help"
Pros: "No super comfortable seat but yes great crew."
Cons: "Absolutely nothing - well done Jetstar"
Pros: "Easy check in"
Cons: "The seats kinda hard to set on"
Pros: "Good crew"
Cons: "Cheaper add booked luggage costs."
Cons: "Predatory baggage fees at the gate, not a good option for travelers."
Pros: "I had 3 seats which was nice."
Cons: "I asked for a blanket - had to pay agreed lady never returned. Everything except the flight was an additional cost. The plane temp was set to freezing - very uncomfortable."
Pros: "The crew in the Melbourne airport were amazing! There was confusion with my bags and they sorted it out without any stress!"
Cons: "The seats weren’t very comfortable but it was a very clean plane!"
Pros: "Crew were pleasant"
Cons: "Jetstar terminal has a lack of seating"
Pros: "That l got sms messages regarding my flight details and where to collect my luggage!! Awesome"
Pros: "Cheaper flight option"
Cons: "Multiple delays; I moved to a new seat to accommodate an exit row request with with no benefit; no snacks or entertainment"
Cons: "Flight delayed over an hour then kept waiting another half hour on runway. Couldn't land straight away in Denpasar and had to circle for another 15mins"
Pros: "We enjoyed our low cost flight with Jetstar. Check in was quick and easy. Boarding was also. We didn't purchase any food or entertainment which is why I gave each of those categories 1 star (there's no N/A or doesn't apply-type option)."
Cons: "Seats on Jetstar are a bit uncomfortable but for a short flight, it doesn't matter as much. Also, the luggage went to the wrong carousel for many folks on our flight."
Pros: "Easy check in"
Cons: "Crew didn't come around enough with water"
Pros: "quick flight, polite staff"
Pros: "Everything went well and was as advertised. This is a low cost carrier so their business model relies on extra charges for everything. Prepaid my luggage for $19 each way and decided not to order any food (much cheaper at the airport anyway). People just have to be aware that low cost carriers like Jetstar can offer such affordable fares by excluding many things. Qantas would have been approximately 2x as expensive per flight and would have included more things, but the appeal of low cost is to be able to choose what you need."
Pros: "I liked the organisation"
Cons: "The food"
Cons: "We had a tight connection and the flight crew could care less about if we made it off the flight in a quick and efficient manner."
Pros: "We were surprised when we boarded the plane that we were flying with the new dremliner. The boarding was extremely efficient. They provided us with free movie too on board."
Pros: "Flight was good."
Cons: "Check is cthe confusing. First you cannot check in online. It was a domestic flight but check in was in international terminal. The lines were confusing and we had to change lines because of the confusion. There was no one to answer your querstions. I had to interrupt an check in person who was helping someone else so not to be late for flight."
Pros: "Ease of checkin and baggage drop"
Cons: "Lack of clarity in Cost of ticket, which assessed baggage charge after ticket purchase"
Cons: "Everything....no food, no entertainment"
Pros: "Boarding was pretty easy and the crew was fine. Overhead compartment was easy to use and spacious. Enough space under the seat in front of me for my laptop."
Cons: "Seats remarkably uncomfortable and the entertainment was non existent. No free beverages or snacks."
Pros: "Charges for more than 7kg for carryon (all combined carryon)! Geez, the bag weighs 3-4 kg empty and the charge is exorbitant! Where’s the focus on customers first? Prefer Qantas and will stick with them in the future. My first and only Jetstar experience was a 2"
Cons: "See above"
Pros: "Friendliness of the staff."
Cons: "Lateness of flight"
Pros: "Great staff"
Cons: "Delayed departure"
Pros: "It wasn't cancelled like previous flight. It arrived and departed o time . No inflight entertainment at all."
Cons: "The cramping was incredible. No storage , people's bag from seat behind encroaching on foot space in front. Knees in my back from behind passenger. Seat design exceptionally upright, no head rest wings to support a dosing head. Torture chamber really."
Cons: "Flight got delayed and charged luggage by weight"
Cons: "Too much headache for buying kg for lugguage, snack and food online ahead"
Pros: "I did not use the footer entertainment"
Pros: "Great crew that were all very friendly, Water was provided for free"
Cons: "Meals are not provided and drinks other than water will cost you My luggage was not automatically transferred into the connecting flight"
Pros: "Quick and easy, just as expected, staff professional and. Friendly"
Pros: "because I fly a lot in the US, I actually thought there was more space on the planes than we usually have here. I also don't mind not having food for free since we don't usually either. beverages would be nice, but since we were able to bring our own through security in Australia, it didn't bother me. Compared to most airlines in the US, it was great. Much more efficient as well. Even though we had to pay extra for luggage, there was tiered pricing by weight and it was still cheaper than most carriers in the US."
Cons: "Awful service, took a booking from Melbourne to Aukland and cancelled 5 hours later. Offered no alternative or option but to leave our trip. Completely destroyed our travels which we saved years to accomplish. Avoid these (JETSTAR) like the plague, unless you want an incompetent airline to wreck your traveling. Words really cannot describe our feelings towards our treatment and lack of any empathy from the airline, who took a booking and then cancelled it in record and and said there is no other flights! Thanks for that - never again."
Pros: "Flight is cheaper than other airlines"
Cons: "Never be on time"
Cons: "Ended up on a Jetstar flight on a codeshare arrangement with our booked airline Qantas. The journey didn’t start well when our bags would not scan through the self serve checkin as we had not booked direct with Jetstar. We then asked for an aisle seat, but this was refused - the “customer service” assistant advised we should have paid extra to pre-reserve a seat (a no cost option on Qantas). Then when we entered the plane we found that both adjacent aisle seats were in fact vacant. Food was an additional cost item - on an 8 hour flight. Those unlucky enough to ask for a meal late found that there was nothing left for them. Entertainment was also an additional cost item - when paid for the selection was extremely limited, the system slow. The entertainment froze up requiring a reboot. Though not the airline’s fault, the person behind was very fidgety, making it very uncomfortable for anyone sitting in front of him. If the seats were slightly further apart we might not have had that experience either. All in all not the best, given that we had booked with a full price airline and ended up on a budget airline instead."
Pros: "kylie the ground staff for Jetstar was brilliant"
Cons: "Lack of legroom."
Pros: "Smooth flight, easy interstate flight with no hassle."
Cons: "Jetstar boarding pass system is very silly. You can't use the email ones on your phone and have to actually print it out. As a suggestion.. maybe have a unified option instead? Charging sms service is ridiculous.. it is 2017!"
Cons: "Check in and payment for baggage was confusing and not well organized."
Cons: "They choose to weigh bags just as we were boarding and as I was 1kg , I had to check in my bag , but apparently it has to go on the next flight. So now I have to wait for 2.5 hers in Sydney for my bag and had to pay $50 for the inconvenience. I would expect this from Tiger not Jetstar"
Pros: "Boarding was quick"
Cons: "Shame the staff were not more friendly, I took my rubbish to find a bin and the flight attendant expressed her annoyance and me. Asking her where I can put it. They don't smile and when you asked a question they treated me like I was a nuisance"
Pros: "Speed of flight time and being advised of our delay"
Cons: "Cramped boarding gate and slow boarding via Tarmac. Food and inflight drinks too expensive."
Cons: "Seat. Slow boarding"
Cons: "Legroom was really tight"
Pros: "Efficient on time departure and arrival. Good inflight entertainment"
Cons: "Credit card only for purchases without advance notice is a bit ordinary"
Cons: "Return journey of our flight was moved so disrupted our onward flights. Getting in touch with customer services was impossible. Only way is to 'live chat' then they tell you their hands are tied and to speak to the 'refunds team' who don't have a number and will 'be in touch with you'. They won't be. Then outbound flight was cancelled at the last minute. Waiting for a refund........and waiting. If it's a choice between jet star or swimming to your next destination, swim."
Pros: "quick boarding"
Cons: "there was an hour delay and we were not really told the reason."
Cons: "Boarding on tarmac in the rain, no cover over walkway. Smallest and tightest seating in the airline business."
Pros: "It was a good flight, good pilot"
Cons: "The flight was delayed It is a 7+ hour flight I think you could offer some snacks and coffee or tea for free At least one good movie for free Every airline I've chosen to fly with does it but Jetstar It was quite disappointing"