The cheapest times to fly from SAN to MEL are

  • January 29th to March 25th
  • April 9th to April 29th
  • August 6th to October 7th
  • October 22nd to December 2nd

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 SAN to MEL is early November. Prices can be as high as $2210 for Friday flights during mid December, or as low as $993 for Monday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Melbourne

Flying from San Diego, CA (SAN) to Melbourne (MEL) will usually cost between $1056 to $1706 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $1062. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1899. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $838 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1186 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SAN to MEL flight.

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

SAN to MEL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SAN to MEL flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from San Diego. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.09, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MEL, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SAN. 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 $133 (10%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1219. Return trip prices are from the MEL to SAN 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 SAN to MEL can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 15 hour 17 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SAN to MEL

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SAN to MEL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Beijing (SAN > PEK > MEL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1044
  • Average savings: $143 (12.02%)

See SAN to PEK flights

Hack #2: Hong Kong (SAN > HKG > MEL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1077
  • Average savings: $110 (9.23%)

See SAN to HKG flights

Hack #3: Honolulu, HI (SAN > HNL > MEL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1095
  • Average savings: $91 (7.67%)

See SAN to HNL flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 25 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Fiji Airways, Hawaiian, JAL, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Melbourne International Airport to San Diego International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7945 miles or 12786 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SAN to MEL flight is about 15 hour 17 minutes.

How many flights go between San Diego, CA and Melbourne?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 92 available flights from SAN to MEL.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SAN
Origination airport name San Diego International Airport
City San Diego, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 32.7
Longitude -117.2

Return Airport

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


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