Cheap Flights from Melbourne to Cairns

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Melbourne to Cairns Flight Info

Peak season for travel

March
AU$111

Off-season for travel

August
AU$124

Cheapest return ticket price

AU$617
Melbourne(AVV) ⇒ Cairns(CNS)

Cheapest direct flight price

AU$286
Melbourne(MEL) ⇒ Cairns(CNS)

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Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When are flight tickets from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS) the cheapest?

    Airlines adjust prices for flights from Melbourne to Cairns based on the date and time of your booking. By analyzing data from all airlines, on Trip.com, you can find the lowest flight prices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
  • How much do flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS) cost?

    According to Trip.com's data, the lowest price is around AU$462.
  • How long does it take to fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS)?

    It takes about 3 hours 23 minutes to fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS).
  • What is the transportation method from the main airport to downtown in Cairns?

    • The distance from Cairns Airport to downtown is about 5km, by taxi about 20 minutes.
  • What time does the earliest flight from Melbourne to Cairns depart?

    The earliest flight departs from Melbourne (MEL) at 06:00 and arrives in Cairns (CNS) at 09:20.
  • What time does the latest flight from Melbourne to Cairns depart?

    The latest flight departs from Melbourne (MEL) at 19:15 and arrives in Cairns (CNS) at 22:35.
  • What are the most popular airlines that fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS)?

  • What's the most popular airline for non-stop flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS)?

    Jetstar Airways operates 208 non-stop flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS).
  • How many airports are there in Cairns (CNS)?

    There are 1 airport(s) near Cairns (CNS): Cairns Airport.
  • What are some travel guidelines for Cairns during the COVID19 pandemic?

    Entry restrictions and flight schedule changes and cancellations are frequently updated and subject to change. If you plan to travel to Cairns, please obtain the most updated information from the airline you plan to book your travels with. You can also refer to COVID19 Country/Region Entry Restrictions for more information.
  • Which airlines offer free date changes for flights to this city during the COVID19 pandemic?

    There are no airlines with flights to this city that provide this service. Please use this information as a reference only and confirm with the airline prior to 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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  • Plan Your Trip from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS)

    Cairns attracts thousands of visitors every year for both business and pleasure. Whether you’re taking a last-minute break or a much needed getaway, flights from Melbourne to Cairns on Trip.com can help you get there with ease. With Trip.com, you can browse popular airlines with flights to Cairns, check the best season to visit, and preview Cairns attractions before you arrive. With flight deals and exciting attractions waiting for you to explore in Cairns, the best time to book flights from Melbourne to Cairns is now! Planning a trip from Melbourne to Cairns is easy when you use Trip.com to help you make travel arrangements. Whether you are flying one-way, non-stop, or round-trip, you will find just the flight you need with us. If you want to lock in a great deal for your flights, go for a round-trip flight, if you need flexibility with your itinerary, book a one-way flight to Cairns. With Trip.com, you can search for available flights and hotel rooms, and then make your booking quickly and easily online and on the go. Pack your travel accessories, make a must-see bucket list, and book your flight to Cairns on Trip.com today!

  • A Trip to Remember (MEL—CNS)

    Make your journey from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS) a trip to remember by using Trip.com to view Cairns attractions before you arrive. Once you know what to do in Cairns, you can reserve and book in advance for the best travel experience possible. Planning ahead is the most effective way to ensure your whole travel experience goes smoothly. Whether you need help choosing the perfect restaurant, discovering the best places to try local flavors, or finding the most stunning views in town, Trip.com is with you every step of the way for your trip to Cairns.