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Cheap Flights to Cairns from Melbourne

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Melbourne to Cairns route information

Origin Airport Tullamarine
Destination Airport Cairns Intl.
Airlines Serving Jetstar, Qantas Airways, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
Flight Price AU$179
Distance 2,300 km



Cheap MEL to CNS Flights

  • What is the cheapest day of the week to fly from Melbourne to Cairns?

    The cheapest day to fly to Cairns from Melbourne is on Saturday. If you would like to save a little cash on your next holiday look for flights on that day.
  • How long is the flight from MEL to CNS?

    If you're able to take the direct flight (which is offered by Jetstar), you will be able to leave MEL at 8:10 AM AEST and get to CNS at 10:30 AM AEST (three hours and 20 minutes). Remember, there is a one hour time change.
  • How much time do people spend in Cairns?

    The average time spent in Cairns by travellers from Melbourne is about one week. However long you decide to stay, give yourself plenty of time to see what makes Cairns fantastic.
  • Can I change the date of my flight?

    Yes, you can switch your departure or arrival date. If you want to save some funds in doing so, the lowest-cost day to fly in October is Saturday. You may be thinking you're missing out leaving a day early, but we think that you are just adding those savings towards your next trip.
  • Which airline has the least delays from Melbourne to Cairns?

    Booking with Virgin Australia means you will arrive to Cairns pretty close to the time your ticket states. In fact, this airline has a 76% on-time average.
  • Is there a day that has more departure times to choose from than other days?

    Saturday has the greatest variety of flight times for Melbourne to Cairns with 15. The day with the fewest number of times is Sunday with only 11 departures.
  • How much is a plane ticket to Cairns (CNS) from Melbourne (MEL)?

    They can range from $258 to $684. Booking in advance can usually help you get the cheapest ticket. Remember, you can save by booking further in advance.

MEL to CNS Flights

Melbourne and Cairns Airports

Melbourne Airport (MEL) is also known as Tullamarine Airport after the suburb of Tullamarine, which is adjacent to the terminals. It is the second-busiest airport in Australia, transporting over 30 million passengers a year. Melbourne to Cairns flights leave from all four terminals, depending on the airline you book with.

If you are using public transport to get to Melbourne Airport, take the Skybus Super Shuttle from Southern Cross or one of several local bus services from Melbourne suburbs and surrounding towns. If you’re driving yourself, there is a large car park about 100 m from the airport that is ideal for passengers departing from Terminals 1, 2, or 3. There is also a long-term lot for extended trips farther out that offers free shuttle service. Be sure to book online for better rates. If you’re being dropped off, there are two designated areas, one for Terminals 1, 2, and 3 and one at the new transportation hub for Terminal 4.

You’ll be landing at Cairns Airport (CNS), which is relatively small with one runway and two passenger terminals. It is the base for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia and the helicopters of the State Emergency Service, and is located about seven kilometres north of Cairns CBD.

After arriving from your Melbourne flight, take the Cairns Airport Connect buses to the Translink public transport network—from there you can get to Cairns City or the northern beaches. To grab a taxi, look for the sheltered areas for taxi ranks outside each terminal. Car rentals in Cairns can also be arranged at the airport or booked with us at before your trip to save you time and money.

Route Information

Cheap flights to Cairns from Melbourne travel 2320 km, with a flight time of roughly 3 ½ hours.?Several airlines service this flight route with daily flights, so you have a variety of carrier options.

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