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Low Price Flights from Melbourne to Cairns

  • Melbourne Cairns

    Thu, 6 Feb - Fri, 7 Feb

    From AU$197.34
  • Melbourne Cairns

    Thu, 6 Feb - Fri, 7 Feb

    From AU$198.38
  • Melbourne Cairns

    Wed, 26 Feb - Sun, 1 Mar

    From AU$294.14
  • Melbourne Cairns

    Mon, 3 Feb - Mon, 10 Feb

    From AU$445.57
  • Melbourne Cairns

    Tue, 28 Jan - Thu, 30 Jan

    From AU$162.65
  • Melbourne Cairns

    Wed, 5 Feb - Mon, 10 Feb

    From AU$192.77

Prices shown are for 1 adult ticket including taxes & fees.(As ticket fares can change frequently, these advertised prices are for reference only. The actual prices will be shown at time of booking.)

Melbourne to Cairns Flight Information

Below are some common questions asked about this flight route:

When can I book the cheapest flight from Melbourne to Cairns?

Airlines adjust prices for plane tickets from Melbourne to Cairns based on the day and time that you book your flight. After analyzing data from all airlines, we have discovered that the best days to book flights are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

How frequent are direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns?

There are 58 direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns.

What is the most popular airline for non-stop flights from Melbourne to Cairns?

Jetstar Airways provides 48 of the non-stop flights between Melbourne and Cairns.

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Average duration of direct flights: 3h22m

Melbourne to Cairns Flight Schedule

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Flights from Melbourne to Cairns International Airport (CNS)

6 Feb, 08:15 - 7 Feb, 11:10
TT | Tigerair Australia
3h 25m
MEL - CNS
Nonstop
AU$197
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6 Feb, 06:00 - 7 Feb, 11:10
JQ | Jetstar Airways
3h 20m
MEL - CNS
Nonstop
AU$198
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26 Feb, 08:55 - 1 Mar, 11:10
VA | Virgin Australia
3h 25m
MEL - CNS
Nonstop
AU$294
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3 Feb, 09:55 - 10 Feb, 12:55
QF | Qantas Airways
3h 20m
MEL - CNS
Nonstop
AU$446
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Prices shown are for 1 adult ticket including taxes & fees.(As ticket fares can change frequently, these advertised prices are for reference only. The actual prices will be shown at time of booking.)

Flight from Melbourne (MEL) To Cairns (CNS)

Cairns is located in North Queensland and is the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef. The city is cosmopolitan and is geared towards the tourism industry. It mainly caters to the Japanese crowd with several signs in Japanese along with several establishments serving up Japanese food. Home to spectacular beaches, mild weather, and great nightlife, Cairns is a must-visit spot in Queensland.

Tip: The city of Cairns has many different accommodation options to suit every budget. Do your research before booking your stay.

Landing In Cairns (CNS)

All passengers flying in from Melbourne to Cairns will arrive at Cairns International Airport (CNS). The airport has two terminals, one each for domestic and international flights. There are several transport options to the city from Cairns airport, including taxi and city shuttles that run every hour. Passengers looking to fly from Melbourne Airport have a host of flights to choose from. Qantas Airways offers multiple direct flights to Cairns from Melbourne. Qantas Airlines also offer connecting Melbourne to Cairns flights which can prove to be cheaper than direct flights.

Tip: You can walk from the airport to the city centre which is 7km away though we would recommend getting off the airport access road and walking in the suburbs instead.

The Sights of Cairns

There are many reasons to visit Cairns and the city appeals to a large variety of tourists. Being the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, many visitors come here to visit this stunning natural wonder. You can enjoy the abundant marine life sheltered by this UNESCO World Heritage Site by snorkelling or scuba diving. If you aren’t comfortable in the water, then head to the underwater observatory. If you are looking to explore the geography surrounding the town, then hop onto the Scenic Railway that heads to Kuranda. A two-hour journey, this train ride provides stunning views of the World Heritage-listed forest.

For the perfect beach holiday, head to Palm Cove, a small village by the sea. You can spend the day relaxing on the beach, which is considered one of the best in Cairns. The adventurous can enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, and scuba diving. After spending the day relaxing by the water, you might be craving for some hustle and bustle. Head to the city’s markets like the Cairns Night Market and Rusty’s market where you can sample fresh produce, buy souvenirs, and eat at the delicious food stalls.

For those who want to enjoy the rainforest but do not want to trek through it, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is an excellent option. The glass-bottomed gondolas offer stunning views of the rainforest that forms the Barron Gorge, National Park.

Tip: Cairns is a hotspot for backpackers and international tourists. As a result, the city has a vibrant nightlife with many options for all budgets.

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Roundtrip vs One-Way Flights from Melbourne to Cairns

There is usually no major price difference between buying a roundtrip flight versus a one-way flight. Increased flexibility is the main benefit when it comes to buying a one-way flight from Melbourne to Cairns. However, booking a roundtrip flight is a simpler process. You can compare roundtrip and one-way flights by using our flight comparison tool.

Direct vs Connecting Flights from Melbourne to Cairns

The average price for connecting flights from Melbourne to Cairns is AUD 365.16.The average price for direct flights from Melbourne to Cairns is AUD 420.98.

Travel from Melbourne to Cairns

Cairns attracts thousands of visitors every year for both business and pleasure. Planning a trip from Melbourne to Cairns is easy when you use Trip.com to help you make travel arrangements. With Trip.com, you can search for available flights and hotel rooms, and then make your booking quickly and easily online.

A Trip to Remember

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