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Cheap Flights to Cairns from Melbourne

Prices were available within the past 7 days and starts at AU$99 for one-way flights and AU$211 for round trip, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.

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Cheap MEL to CNS Flights

  • What is the cheapest date to fly to Cairns?

    If you are wanting to save, look at Feb 17th. As of Jan 20th, it's showing the cheapest ticket at $262. That is 56% below the average price for this route, so you can spend that extra money on some souvenirs.
  • Which airline has the least delays from Melbourne to Cairns?

    Booking with Virgin Australia means you will arrive to Cairns about the time you were supposed to. In fact, this airline has an 83% on-time average. Of course, it never hurts to be prepared. If you're on Jetstar, be sure to sign up for the delay notifications to stay up to date with your flight's status.
  • Is there a day that has more departure times to choose from than other days?

    With 16 total flight time options, Sunday provides the most flexibility from MEL to CNS. Tuesday currently offers the least amount of flight times with only 10 options.
  • How much is a plane ticket to Cairns (CNS) from Melbourne (MEL)?

    They vary anywhere from $262 to $1,984. Booking far in advance can normally help you get the cheapest ticket. The further out you book your ticket, the more likely you are to save on your trip.
  • Can I change the date of my flight?

    You sure can and you may save by changing when you leave. The lowest-cost day to fly in February is Monday.
  • How much time do people spend in Cairns?

    The average time spent in Cairns by travellers from Melbourne is about one week.
  • How many flights are there per day from Melbourne to Cairns?

    Depending on the day, the number of flight times will change, but on average there are 13. The average route departing AU currently has eight different flight times per day. You'll have more choices than the average passenger.

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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