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Flights From Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS) from AU$136

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Cheapest Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS)

Airfares from Tullamarine to Cairns Intl. for one-way flights were as low as AU$136 and round trip flights were AU$196 within the past 7 days, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.

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Melbourne to Cairns Flight Deals from AU$196

Considering a quick trip to Cairns, but not sure which is the best route for you? Well, you’re in luck! Wotif has done the hard work, so all you need to do is check out these flights from MEL to CNS. With heaps of cheap fares from Melbourne, we guarantee you’ll be arriving to your holiday destination in style without emptying your bank account in the process.

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Melbourne to Cairns Flight Information

Find the Cheapest Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS)

Work hard, travel harder! Wotif brings you the cheapest Melbourne to Cairns flights, making it possible to have a five star holiday without that five star price tag. Browse and compare our top MEL to CNS routes and airport options. So, go ahead and treat yourself, your sweetheart, or the kids to an unforgettable holiday this year.

Melbourne to Cairns Information

Traveling From Tullamarine
Origin Airport Melbourne
Origin Airport IATA Code MEL
Traveling To Cairns Intl.
Destination Airport Cairns
Destination Airport IATA Code CNS
Number of Airlines Serving 9
Average Flight Time 3 hours 21 mins
Direct Flight Time 3 hours 20 mins
Flight Price AU$196

FAQs about flights from Tullamarine (MEL) to Cairns Intl. (CNS)

Can I take a flight from Melbourne, VIC Airport (MEL-Tullamarine) to Cairns, QLD Airport (CNS-Cairns Intl.) right now?

Our Covid-19 Travel Advisor is where you should go for important info on Cairns, QLD Airport (CNS-Cairns Intl.) quarantine and flying restrictions. Check before you fly to avoid getting stuck in a bind.

How long is the flight from Melbourne, VIC Airport (MEL-Tullamarine) to Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS)?

The flight from Tullamarine Airport (MEL) to Cairns Airport usually takes 3 hours and 20 minutes — consider the trip ahead and bring the gear you need to be nice and cosy.

What airlines fly direct from Tullamarine Airport (MEL) to CNS?

You won't have to bother about lengthy stopovers or your belongings going ta-ta somewhere. Choose from a range of airlines that offer direct flights from Tullamarine Airport to CNS, such as Jetstar and Virgin Australia.

What happens if I need to change my flight booking to Cairns, QLD Airport (CNS-Cairns Intl.) due to COVID-19?

If your travel plans to Cairns, QLD Airport (CNS-Cairns Intl.) have been affected by COVID-19, you may be able to make a no-change-fee cancellation and score a credit that you can use on another flight. Sign in to your Wotif account to see if your booking is eligible. If you still have questions, our Customer Service Portal is the place to go for more info.

Does Wotif offer flights with flexible change policies?

Some airlines offer the option to change your Cairns, QLD Airport (CNS-Cairns Intl.) flight without a fee. That way, you won't get stung with extra costs — but you'll have to pay any difference between the old flight and the new one. Stress less by keeping your eye out for the "no change fees" filter when you book.

How many flights are there from Tullamarine Airport to Cairns Airport?

Nope, you won't have to arrange your well-earned holiday time around your flight from Melbourne to Cairns. That's because there are 8 daily flights for you to choose from. How's that for choice?

What are the cheapest days to fly?

Here's an insider tip: Sunday is typically the cheapest day to fly! Looking at flight demand on Wotif in 2020, we found that flights departing on a Sunday generally had the lowest average price, closely followed by flights on a Tuesday. You might want to think twice about flying on a Saturday though; generally, our data showed that it had the highest average ticket price.

What is the best day to buy a plane ticket?

Guess what? Boring old Thursday really is the best day to score the cheapest plane tickets. Looking at flight demand on Wotif in 2020, we found that flights purchased on a Thursday had the lowest airfares on average. Booking your plane ticket on a Sunday also seems to score pretty good deals. However, airfares purchased on a Tuesday generally have a higher than average ticket value, so you might want to prepare your budget if you're booking early in the week.

What is the cheapest month to fly?

When comparing airfares booked through Wotif in 2020, our data shows March is one of the cheapest months to fly. On the other hand, the month of June can be one of the most expensive times to travel, with the highest average ticket price, so it's best to get in early if June is your preferred travel month.

How far in advance can you book a flight?

Trying to figure out how early you should book your flight? It's possible to start comparing international airfares on Wotif up to 12 months in advance. However, it does depend on the carrier as not all airlines release their prices that far out. According to Wotif's 2020 flight demand trends, you can bag a bargain with some of the cheapest airfares appearing 4 weeks to 3 months prior to travel.

How can I save money on flights?

Looking for clever ways to save on your next trip? Try mixing and matching airlines and fare types. Our data tells us, travellers who booked flights on Wotif in 2020 saved close to 50% off their airfare, when their return flights consisted of two different airlines or fare types.

*According to flight demand on from January to December 2020. Savings are subject to change and may vary depending on selections made.

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Great places to stay after flight from Melbourne to Cairns

Acacia Court Hotel
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The price is AU$98 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is AU$271 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Center of Contemporary Arts and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and ...
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Cairns Sheridan Hotel
Cairns Sheridan Hotel
4 out of 5
295 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, QLD
The price is AU$185 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
Located in Cairns North, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (620 reviews)
"Excellent stay, ideal location for early airport flight departure. Only downside, the hardest & most uncomfortable bed I’ve ever ‘tried’ yo sleep on with outdated flat, hard pillows. Refurbishment will be lovely !"

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

Cairns Sheridan Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on from , as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.