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Cheap flights to Melbourne for 2020

Read our essential guide to Melbourne flights, airports and transfers.

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If you're planning a trip to Melbourne, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about flights to and from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine), Avalon Airport and Essendon Airport. Travellers can get direct flights to Melbourne from multiple cities across Australia including Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.

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How much are flights to Melbourne?

You can get return fares to Melbourne from Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth for less than $300. Keep an eye out for cheap sale fares from Jetstar and Virgin Australia during their frequent flight sales.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Melbourne?

February and March is the cheapest time to fly to Melbourne if you are departing from Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. You can expect warmer temperatures during these months, which is perfect for spending time outdoors. There are a number of parks and beaches for you to enjoy as well as a number of festivals to keep you busy. From Sydney, the cheapest time to fly is in August. You can expect cold temperatures during this time, but if you're heading to Melbourne for the shopping, theatre shows, food spots or a trip to the snow, this is an ideal time to visit.

How far in advance should I book flights to Melbourne?

If you know the dates you want to travel, it's best to book five to seven weeks in advance.

Frequently asked questions about flights to Melbourne

How long does it take to fly to Melbourne?

This is how long you can expect to spend in the air when flying to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.

  • Sydney: 1 hour, 30 minutes direct
  • Brisbane: 2 hours, 20 minutes direct
  • Perth: 3 hours, 25 minutes direct
  • Adelaide: 1 hour, 20 minutes direct

Which airlines fly to Melbourne?

You can get direct flights to Melbourne from Adelaide, Sydney, Hobart, Launceston, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Coffs Harbour, Townsville, Albury, Darwin, Mildura and Perth.

Indirect flights are also available from locations such as Hamilton Island, Mackay, Tamworth, Port Macquarie, Rockhampton, Dubbo and Geraldton.

  • Jetstar: Adelaide, Ballina Byron, Brisbane, Margaret River, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Launceston, Mackay, Perth, Newcastle, Perth, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Townsville, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Whitsundays
  • Qantas: Adelaide, Albury, Alice Springs, Armidale, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Ballina Byron, Brisbane, Broome, Bundaberg, Cairns, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Devonport, Dubbo, Hervey Bay, Geraldton, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Kangaroo Island, Launceston, Lord Howe Island, Mackay, Mildura, Orange, Perth, Port Lincoln, Port Macquarie, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Tamworth, Toowoomba and Townsville
  • Virgin Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Launceston, Mildura and Sydney

Where is the airport in Melbourne?

There are three airports in Melbourne that service domestic flights. Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) is the primary domestic and international airport serving Melbourne. Avalon Airport is located a little further from the city and serves as the secondary airport for Melbourne. Essendon Airport is a smaller suburban airport that serves a small number of flights from domestic and regional airports. If you are staying in Melbourne CBD or the surrounding areas, you will find Tullamarine Airport to be the most convenient airport to fly into in terms of proximity and convenience. If you're looking for the most cost-effective option, you will find that the cheapest flights into Melbourne fly into Avalon Airport.

How long does it take to get to and from Melbourne Airport?

Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine): Pre-booked airport transfers can be arranged in advance through your accommodation or via a rideshare app. The SkyBus runs every 10 minutes to and from the airport, with Southern Cross Station being the drop off and pick-up point. Rental cars are available from the desks in the arrival halls, and taxis are available from the ground floor outside all terminals. Public bus services are available from the transport hub on the ground floor.

Avalon Airport: Car hire is available inside the airport from the arrival terminal. The drive takes about 45 minutes to Melbourne CBD. SkyBus runs an Avalon Airport express service to and from Melbourne CBD. Rideshares are available from designated pick-up and drop off areas just outside the terminal and taxis are available from the taxi ranks outside the terminal. Taxis are available from the taxi ranks outside the terminal.

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