Cairns to Melbourne flights from £161

Flights starting at £161. Choose between Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia Airlines, or Qantas to find the best price.

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Cheapest one-way trip

£161

Cheapest nonstop round-trip

£161

Cheapest round-trip

£298

Average round-trip

£369

Nonstop flights in December

£161 – £555

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Multiple carriers

£325

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2316 km
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Book your trip to arrive at Melbourne, Avalon, Essendon, or Melbourne-Southern Cross. The distance between Cairns and Melbourne is 2316 km. The most popular airlines for this route are Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia Airlines, Qantas, Regional Express, and Link Airways. Cairns and Melbourne have 252 direct flights per week.

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Qantas on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Virgin Australia Airlines on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Check-in for a flight from Cairns to Melbourne

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QantasQFAQFYes0
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Regional ExpressRXAZLNo0
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Link Airways FCNoOpens 24 days before flight
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Australia COVID-19 travel restrictions

Latest COVID-19 travel restrictions in Australia – 12/2022
Your trip summary

Most travelers from Cairns, CNS can enter Melbourne (AUS), MEL.

Departure

Travel restrictions
  • Travel is allowed
  • Proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result is not required
  • Quarantine is not required
Additional information
  • Masks are recommended in public

Return

Travel restrictions
  • Travel is allowed
  • Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results is not required
  • Quarantine is not required

Information is provided as guidance only and accurate at the time of publishing. Always check government websites and airline materials before booking and traveling.

Learn more about COVID-19 restrictions in Australia in our dedicated Stories article.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from Cairns to Melbourne?
A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between Cairns and Melbourne takes around 3.4 hours.
What is the flight distance between Cairns and Melbourne?
The flight distance between Cairns and Melbourne is 2316 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between Cairns and Melbourne?
Several carriers operate flights between Cairns and Melbourne. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia Airlines.
What are the most popular routes to and from Cairns?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Cairns and Sydney, Brisbane, Bangkok, Denpasar, Townsville, Seoul, Sunshine Coast Region, Darwin, Manila, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Gold Coast, Singapore, Adelaide, Perth, London, Chiang Mai, Cebu, Busan.
What are the most popular routes to and from Melbourne?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Melbourne and Sydney, Auckland, Denpasar, Christchurch, Brisbane, Perth, Bangkok, Singapore, Manila, Gold Coast, Adelaide, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Hobart, London, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City, Queenstown, Mumbai, Hanoi.
What airports are near Cairns?
The main airport in Cairns is Cairns. It is also served by Cairns.
Is it possible to combine flights, buses, and trains in one itinerary when traveling between Cairns and Melbourne?
Yes, it's possible to combine different modes of transport between Cairns and Melbourne thanks to our Virtual Interlining technology. Making use of not only flights but also trains and buses between Cairns and Melbourne can give rise to new adventures. Read more about how Virtual Interlining works on Kiwi.com Stories.
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Which airlines fly between Cairns and Melbourne?
Currently, you can fly between Cairns and Melbourne with Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia Airlines, Qantas, Regional Express, Link Airways.
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