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Travelers usually depart from Melbourne, Avalon, Essendon, or Melbourne-Southern Cross when they travel from Melbourne to Cairns. The distance between Melbourne and Cairns is 2316 km. The most popular airlines for this route are Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia Airlines, Qantas, Fiji Airways, and Regional Express. Melbourne and Cairns have 228 direct flights per week.

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

Check-in for a flight from Melbourne to Cairns

NameCarrier codeIATA CodePassport needed during bookingOnline check-in available
Jetstar AirwaysJSTJQNo0
Closes 1 hours before flight
Virgin Australia AirlinesVOZVAYesNo
QantasQFAQFYesNo
Fiji AirwaysFJIFJYesNo
Regional ExpressRXAZLNoNo

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from Melbourne to Cairns?
A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between Melbourne and Cairns takes around 3.3 hours.
What is the flight distance between Melbourne and Cairns?
The flight distance between Melbourne and Cairns is 2316 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between Melbourne and Cairns?
Several carriers operate flights between Melbourne and Cairns. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include Virgin Australia Airlines, Qantas, Jetstar Airways.
What are the most popular routes to and from Melbourne?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Melbourne and Sydney, Denpasar, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Manila, Bangkok, Auckland, Hobart, Adelaide, Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket City, Ahmedabad, Christchurch, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, City of Launceston, Kathmandu, Proserpine.
What are the most popular routes to and from Cairns?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Cairns and Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Townsville, Sunshine Coast Region, Adelaide, Bangkok, Proserpine, Manila, Seoul, Perth, Mount Isa, Denpasar, Uluru, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, City of Newcastle, Broome, Singapore, Cebu.
Which airports are there in Melbourne?
Melbourne is mainly served by Melbourne. But there are other airports nearby, including Avalon, Essendon, Melbourne Moorabbin Airport.
What airports are near Melbourne?
The main airport in Melbourne is Melbourne. It is also served by Warrnambool.
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 Melbourne and Cairns?
Yes, it's possible to combine different modes of transport between Melbourne and Cairns thanks to our Virtual Interlining technology. Making use of not only flights but also trains and buses between Melbourne and Cairns can give rise to new adventures. Read more about how Virtual Interlining works on Kiwi.com Stories.
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