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Top tips for finding a cheap flight out of Melbourne
Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $138 or less one-way and $382 or less round-trip.
The cheapest flight from Melbourne to Sydney was found, on average, 88 days before departure.
Book at least 4 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be November, December and January. The cheapest month to fly is May.
The SkyBus offers reliable bus service to Melbourne Airport (MEL) from Southern Cross Station in the city centre. A one-way ticket costs around A$ 15 for an adult if booked online, and the journey takes roughly 22min.
Qantas, Virgin Australia and Rex all have lounges located at Melbourne Airport. The Qantas Club Lounge is located in T1, two Virgin Australia Lounges are in T2, and the Rex Lounge can be found at Gate 30 in T4.
If you have a pet staying in Melbourne during your trip to Sydney, you can leave it in the capable hands of Hanrob Pet Hotel. Located within the Tullamarine Airport precinct, this hotel provides gourmet meals and even arranges video calls so you can check in on your pet while you’re away.
FAQs for booking Melbourne to Sydney flights
Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport has four terminals. Terminal 1 services Qantas domestic flights, so if you’re flying with Qantas, T1 will be your terminal. T3 services Virgin domestic flights, and T4 services TigerAir, Jetstar, Rex and AirNorth. It’s worth double-checking your itinerary to be sure you head to the correct terminal. However, all are within the same building and within walking distance of each other.
This will depend on which terminal you’re departing from. Flights from Melbourne to Sydney with Qantas depart from T1, while flights with Virgin Australia depart from T2. For both of these airlines, you can use the drop-off zone on Level 2 of the forecourt for terminals 1, 2 and 3. If you’re flying with Jetstar, TigerAir or another low-cost carrier, it’s best to get dropped off on Level 1, as this provides the easiest access to Terminal 4. Both drop-off zones can be accessed by following the appropriate signs on Departure Drive.
There are usually 440 direct flights each day leaving Melbourne in the direction of Sydney, for a total of 3,080 flights weekly.
The airlines most regularly connecting Melbourne to Sydney are Virgin Australia (56 flights per day), Singapore Airlines (54 flights per day), and Qantas Airways (43 flights per day).
The earliest flight leaves Melbourne at 05:45 and lands in Sydney at 07:10.
The last flight leaves Melbourne at 21:00 and lands in Sydney at 22:25.
All the following airlines operate direct flights between Melbourne and Sydney: American Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Jetstar, LATAM Airlines, China Eastern, ANA, Air New Zealand, Bangkok Airways, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Virgin Australia, and Rex.
Only Scoot offers inflight Wi-Fi service on the Melbourne to Sydney flight route.
The Boeing 737-800 Passenger/BBJ2 (winglets) is the aircraft model that flies most regularly on the Melbourne to Sydney flight route.
oneworld, Star Alliance, and SkyTeam are the airline alliances operating flights between Melbourne and Sydney, with oneworld being the most commonly used for this route.
There are direct flights from Melbourne to Sydney on a daily basis.
KAYAK is a travel search engine. That means we look across the web to find the best prices we can find for our users. With over 2 billion flight queries processed yearly, we are able to display a variety of prices and options on flights from Melbourne to Sydney.
KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a flight to Sydney from Melbourne is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.
Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets in order to save you money over a traditional return ticket. You could then fly to Sydney with an airline and back to Melbourne with another airline.
Sometimes travel dates aren't set in stone. If your preferred travel dates have some wiggle room, flexible dates will show you all the options when flying to Sydney from Melbourne up to 3 days before/after your preferred dates. You can then pick the flights that suit you best.