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ICT — MEL
22 Apr — 29 Apr1
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Flights to Melbourne in 2024

Find the latest flights to Melbourne in 2024, with up-to-date prices and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 119,702 searches and data was last updated on 17 April 2024.

Popular in

January

Cheapest in

June

Average price

$693

Return from

$369

One-way from

$151
High demand for flights, 23% potential price rise
Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average for return flights in April 2024
From Auckland Intl to Melbourne
One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to Melbourne

Average price of flights to Melbourne by month

Plan your trip to Melbourne by taking into account the cheapest months to travel. The average price of a one-way flight to Melbourne is currently $0 while a return flight costs $0. Price data was last updated on 14 April 2024.

Currently, May is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Melbourne (average of $268). Flying to Melbourne in December will prove the most costly (average of $385). There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

January

$613

February

$569

March

$489

April

$564

May

$455

June

$460

July

$481

August

$462

September

$494

October

$564

November

$540

December

$654

Peak season:

Melbourne experiences very defined seasons, with often sweltering summer days that see holidaymakers pack the city’s beaches between December and February. This is the city’s peak tourist season when domestic visitors descend on their long annual holidays and hotel prices peak for the Australian Open Tennis Finals and summer festivals.

There is another slight peak in demand for hotels during the Formula 1 Grand Prix in March, as well as the Easter week holidays, when accommodation and flight tickets should be booked well in advance.

Off season:

The winter months of June through to August are generally considered the off season in Melbourne, but with plenty of cultural and culinary events in the city throughout the year, such as the Winter Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival, it never feels deserted. Temperatures drop considerably and the weather is known to be a bit dreary, but you will benefit from some good hotel and flight deals, particularly if you plan to travel in the mid-week.

The spring months of September through to November are a great time to visit Melbourne, with temperatures starting to warm and fewer tourists in the city meaning there are excellent accommodation deals to be found. Unless you are visiting specifically for the event, try and avoid the Melbourne Cup in the first week of November when the city sees a sharp influx of visitors.

When is the best time to book a flight to Melbourne?

Because Melbourne is a popular destination with both business and holiday travellers, it’s wise to book as far in advance of your travel dates as possible to secure the best flight deals throughout the year. This is particularly true if your visit coincides with one of the city’s many festivals or the Australian and New Zealand school holiday periods. Keep in mind that some airlines offer heavily reduced mid-week flight deals, so you could secure some cheap flights to Melbourne if you are flexible with your travel dates.

How long is the flight to Melbourne?

Flights from Auckland to Melbourne – 4 hours 05 minutes.

Flights from Christchurch to Melbourne – 4 hours 50 minutes.

Flights from Wellington to Melbourne – 4 hours.

Flights from Queenstown to Melbourne – 3 hours 30 minutes.

Which airlines operate flights to Melbourne?

Air New Zealand, Qantas, Emirates, Jetstar and Virgin Australia all operate multiple daily flights to Melbourne from Auckland, with Jetstar and Virgin Australia generally offering the cheapest flight tickets. From Christchurch there are direct flights to Melbourne with Air New Zealand, China Airlines, Virgin and Jetstar, while Air New Zealand, Qantas and Jetstar all fly direct daily to Melbourne from Wellington. If you are travelling from Queenstown, there are also daily flights to Melbourne with both Air New Zealand and Jetstar, with the latter usually offering the cheapest flight tickets.

There is also a Skybus Express service from the Melbourne International Airport direct to Southern Cross Station in the city centre which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and departs every 10 minutes. The journey time takes a minimum of 20 minutes and tickets can be purchased on arrival at the bus stop or online. SkyBus also offers a complimentary hotel transfer to some inner city hotels on arrival at Southern Cross Station.

The most hassle-free, but expensive way to get from Melbourne International Airport to your accommodation is with one of the metered taxis that operate from outside Terminal 1 and 4, and between Terminals 2 and 3.

Temperature and rainfall in Melbourne by month

Plan your trip to Melbourne by taking into account the average temperature and rainfall totals by month.

MEL

Temperature

8 - 20 °C

If weather is an important factor for your trip to Melbourne, use this chart to help with planning. For those seeking warmer temperatures, January is the ideal time of year to visit, when temperatures reach an average of 20.0 C. Travellers hoping to avoid the cold should look outside of July, when temperatures are typically at their lowest (around 8.0 C).

When is the best time to book a flight to Melbourne?

Use this chart to determine the optimal time to book a return flight to Melbourne. Price data was last updated on 28 January 2024.
To ensure you get the cheapest price possible for a flight to Melbourne, you should look to book at least 62 days in advance of your intended travel date. The price of your flight may increase if you delay and leave booking until a week or so before departure.
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When is the cheapest time to fly to Melbourne?

Use this chart to determine the cheapest time to fly return to Melbourne. Price data was last updated on 14 April 2024.
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Users looking for the lowest fares to Melbourne should consider flying on Tuesday evenings, when prices are typically cheapest. Budget-minded travellers will want to avoid Saturday at midday, when prices are usually at their highest.
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Reviews of airlines servicing Melbourne

Get insights into the airlines that provide service to Melbourne. Read reviews, discover amenities, and learn about the overall travel experience offered by airlines. Use this information to make informed decisions when choosing an airline for your flight to Melbourne. Reviews last updated 17 April 2024.
Read through reviews of airlines servicing Melbourne, such as LATAM Airlines, Emirates and Jetstar. You can also see how each airline compares in terms of entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Food

7.6

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

7.9

Boarding

8.4

Crew

8.8

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

8.3
Very Good
671 reviews
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Food

7.6

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

7.9

Boarding

8.4

Crew

8.8

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

8.1
Very Good
4,092 reviews
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Food

7.6

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

7.9

Boarding

8.4

Crew

8.8

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

7.7
Good
4,501 reviews
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Food

7.6

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

7.9

Boarding

8.4

Crew

8.8

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

7.7
Good
1,019 reviews
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Food

7.6

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

7.9

Boarding

8.4

Crew

8.8

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

7.6
Good
2,532 reviews
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Food

7.6

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Entertainment

7.9

Boarding

8.4

Crew

8.8

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

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  • If you’re planning on visiting Melbourne and want to experience some of the best things this city has to offer, without breaking the bank, check out our pick of “Low cost high brow in Melbourne”.
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  • Melbourne’s cosmopolitan reputation precedes it, but it’s the hidden lanes and arcades that really harbour some of the city’s cultural gems, making the top of our list of “Top 20 things to do in Australia”.
  • Leaving Melbourne and forgotten to buy that special someone a holiday gift? Head straight to First Tax & Duty Free at Melbourne International Airport for some great deals on designer items.
  • For a character-filled dining experience, head just outside of Melbourne to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges and one of Australia’s oldest refreshment stops, the Cuckoo Restaurant, situated within a German-inspired Bavarian-style chalet.

Related info for your journey

  • What does MEL mean?

    MEL stands for Melbourne Airport. Codes like this one are often called IATA codes, a set of identifiers established by IATA (International Air Transport Association) that is widely used by airlines and the aviation industry. Melbourne Avalon Airport (AVV), Melbourne Essendon Airport (MEB), Melbourne Moorabbin Airport (MBW), Bendigo Airport (BXG) are some additional IATA codes for airports related to your trip.

  • Can I find cheaper flights to Melbourne if I am willing to have stopovers?

    Yes, flights with stopovers are often cheaper than direct flights. Keep an eye out for flight deals to Melbourne on Cheapflights that require 1 or 2 stops for potential cost savings.

  • What is the best airline to fly to Melbourne?

    Based on reviews from Cheapflights users, Virgin Australia is rated the highest out of the airlines that fly to Melbourne.

  • What is the cheapest airport to fly to in Melbourne?

    null is currently the cheapest airport to fly to in Melbourne. One-way flights to null typically cost null, while return flights cost around null.

  • How much is a return flight to Melbourne?

    A return flight to Melbourne will typically cost around $317, however they can be found for as little as $163.

  • Where does the fastest flight to Melbourne depart from?

    For those looking to save time traveling to Melbourne, Queenstown offers the quickest one-way flight (3 hours 25 minutes).

  • Does Melbourne Airport have rental cars?

    Yes. Those touching down at Melbourne Airport can take advantage of the car hire services offered upon their arrival.

  • Are there hotels close to Melbourne Airport?

    Yes. Melbourne Airport has hotels nearby for those requiring accommodations. 1 Bedroomking Bedparkingwalk To St Kilda Beach is the closest property to Melbourne Airport (0.0 km away from Melbourne Airport).

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