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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$98 and round trip flights were AU$266 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 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 2
Average Flight Time 3 hours 20 mins
Direct Flight Time 3 hours 20 mins
Flight Price AU$266

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?

The initial step in organising a flight from Melbourne, VIC Airport (MEL-Tullamarine) to Cairns, QLD Airport (CNS-Cairns Intl.) is to have a squiz at the Covid-19 Travel Advisor. It's here you'll find everything you need to know about quarantine, flying restrictions and many other policies.

How long is the flight from Tullamarine Airport to Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS)?

You'll have approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes to kill on board your flight from Tullamarine Airport (MEL) to Cairns Airport. It's the ideal opportunity to get some beauty sleep, read a book or binge-watch the latest exciting series.

What airlines fly direct from Tullamarine Airport to Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS)?

You won't have to stress about long stopovers or your bags going missing. Select from several airlines operating direct flights from Tullamarine Airport (MEL) to Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS), including 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?

If you'd like to fly between Melbourne, VIC Airport (MEL-Tullamarine) and Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS) early in the week, somewhere in the middle or even on a Sunday, it's possible. Suss out the 6 flights available daily and away you go.

If I'm planning to fly, what are some airlines that have COVID-19 measures and social distancing rules?

There are many airlines that have social distancing rules and use COVID-19 measures, including Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia. Now you can take that long overdue holiday with confidence knowing that strategies, which may include electrostatic cleaning and providing passenger masks, are in place.

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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Melbourne to Cairns Flight Deals from AU$266

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.

It’s easy to book flights to Cairns from Melbourne  

For a huge choice of flights, simply enter your travel dates and hit search and we’ll hunt out fantastic deals on one-way, return and multi-city airfares to Cairns from Melbourne from 10 different airlines. If you click the ‘direct flights’ box, you see flights that’ll get you to Cairns in just 3 hour(s) and 20 mins, too.   

Snap up great deals on flights to Cairns from Melbourne 

Choose from 2 flights a day on average, with prices starting at AU$266 and rising to AU$322 depending on the cabin class, travel dates, and airline carrier. And if you’re up for a last-minute getaway, you can get great deals on flights from Melbourne to Cairns today!  

Find cheap airfares to Cairns from Melbourne 

Here are our insider tips for bagging a flight bargain: 

  • Look for midweek flights and late night, early morning arrival and departure times
  • Check out other airports near Melbourne and Cairns
  • Avoid peak season (prices tend to be lower in November)
  • Be flexible with your travel dates and you can usually get cheaper options  

Reasons to book your flights to Cairns from Melbourne with Wotif

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Great places to stay after flight from Melbourne to Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
4 out of 5
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD
The price is AU$184 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
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"I was so close to everything also dtaff very friendly i will go back in November shame about the weather couldn't use there lovely pool"

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Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Spacious and light beach house - 7 mins from Cairns CBD
Spacious and light beach house - 7 mins from Cairns CBD
5-7 Devlex Court, Cairns, QLD
This family-friendly Cairns holiday home is located by the ocean, 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tjapukai ...
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Spacious and light beach house - 7 mins from Cairns CBD
Views at The Edge
Views at The Edge
430 Mayers Street, Edge Hill, QLD
Located in Edge Hill, this holiday home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Mount Whitfield Conservation Park and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Flecker ...
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Views at The Edge
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.