The cheapest times to fly from SNA to MEL are

  • January 29th to March 18th
  • April 9th to May 6th
  • July 30th to December 2nd (except the weeks of October 1st, October 8th, and November 19th)

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 SNA to MEL is early to mid September. Prices can be as high as $3014 for Friday flights during late December, or as low as $980 for Tuesday flights around early to mid September.


When to Fly to Melbourne

Flying from Santa Ana, CA (SNA) to Melbourne (MEL) will usually cost between $1060 to $2296 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid September with an average ticket price of $1044. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $2611. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1567 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1245 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SNA to MEL flight.

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

SNA to MEL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SNA to MEL flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Santa Ana. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, which is far 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 $204 (14%) 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 $1243. Return trip prices are from the MEL to SNA 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 SNA 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 SNA 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 SNA to MEL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Honolulu, HI (SNA > HNL > MEL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1067
  • Average savings: $178 (14.26%)

See SNA to HNL flights

Hack #2: Singapore (SNA > SIN > MEL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1146
  • Average savings: $99 (7.91%)

See SNA to SIN flights

Hack #3: Beijing (SNA > PEK > MEL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1166
  • Average savings: $79 (6.31%)

See SNA to PEK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 18 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, ANA, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Fiji Airways, JAL, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Australia, WestJet, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Melbourne International Airport to John Wayne-Orange County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7943 miles or 12783 kilometers.

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

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

How many flights go between Santa Ana, CA and Melbourne?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 50 available flights from SNA to MEL.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSNA
Origination airport nameJohn Wayne-Orange County Airport
CitySanta Ana, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeMEL
Destination airport nameMelbourne International Airport


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