The cheapest times to fly from MEL to SYD are

  • January 29th to March 4th
  • May 14th to June 24th (except the weeks of May 28th and June 4th)
  • July 30th to September 23rd
  • October 15th to December 9th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from MEL to SYD is early September. Prices can be as high as $198 for Friday flights during early July, or as low as $84 for Tuesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Sydney

Flying from Melbourne (MEL) to Sydney (SYD) will usually cost between $88 to $167 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $89. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early July, with an average price of $171. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $81 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $117 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MEL to SYD flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the MEL to SYD route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

MEL to SYD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MEL to SYD flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Melbourne. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.17, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $38 (26%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $106. Return trip prices are from the SYD to MEL flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from MEL to SYD can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 46 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MEL to SYD? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 26 major airlines flying this route most often: Aerolineas Argentinas, Air China, Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Vanuatu, Aircalin, American, Bangkok Airways, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Hainan, Hawaiian, Jetstar, LATAM, Qantas, Rex, Singapore Airlines, THAI, Tigerair, United, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sydney International Airport to Melbourne International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 438 miles or 705 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MEL to SYD?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MEL to SYD flight is about 1 hour 46 minutes.

How many flights go between Melbourne and Sydney?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 93 available flights from MEL to SYD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MEL
Origination airport name Melbourne International Airport
City Melbourne
Country Australia
Latitude -37.7
Longitude 144.8

Return Airport

Destination code SYD
Destination airport name Sydney International Airport
City Sydney
Country Australia
Latitude -33.9
Longitude 151.2


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