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Average for round-trip flights in November 2020
From New York to Melbourne
One-way flight from New York to Melbourne
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Are there currently restrictions on travel to Melbourne related to COVID-19?
Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Melbourne along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Entry restrictions
Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew.
Australia has enacted temporary travel restrictions for flights to Melbourne due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases.
Travelers who are not Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members need to apply for an exemption to enter Australia.
All international travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry, unless they're granted an exemption upon request. Quarantines take place in state-designated facilities and fees depend on the state, ranging from $2500 for one adult in the Northern Territory to $3000 for one adult in New South Wales. International flights are currently being diverted away from Victoria. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next scheduled flight.
For more information on quarantine rules in the Australian states, check the following websites:
New South Wales,
The Northern Territory,
Foreign nationals may transit through Australia if the connecting flight is within 72 hours of the arriving flight. They must either have a transit visa or be nationals of a visa-exempt country.
Transit passengers don’t need to apply for an exemption to travel restrictions if they are booked to depart on a connecting flight from the same airport within 72 hours and they are not going to leave the airport. Travelers who plan to leave the airport before boarding their connecting flight or who will be at the airport for longer than 72 hours need to apply for a travel exemption here and will be subject to quarantine until their departing flight. Travelers from New Zealand and Pacific Islanders may not need a travel exemption. More information on transiting Australia is available here.
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Travelers planning to travel across Australian state borders should note that some Australian states also have domestic travel restrictions, border restrictions, and quarantine requirements in place. In the case of onward travel within Australia, travelers are advised to check in advance with their travel/accommodation provider.
. If you are looking to book a trip to Melbourne and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.
Cheapest Prices for Melbourne flights by month
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to Melbourne is currently February; with December being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.
When is the best time to fly to Melbourne?
Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
NYC - MEL
$658 - $1,923
71.6 - 89.6 °F
1.02 - 6.69 inches
Flying to Melbourne in February is usually considered the best time to fly. However, you will find other deals are always available year round. If you are looking for warm weather when you arrive off of your flight to Melbourne then July is statistically the hottest. August is historically the period with most rainfall.
When is the best time to book a flight to Melbourne?
Booking 35 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to Melbourne. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.
Which day is cheapest to fly to Melbourne?
At the moment, Monday is the most economical day to take a flight to Melbourne. Thursday is likely to be the most costly.
What time of day is cheapest to fly to Melbourne?
At the moment, flights at noon are likely to offer the best value for money for your Melbourne trip. A flight in the evening will more often than not be of higher cost.
Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and boasts the most diverse population. In fact, Victoria’s capital even has a museum properly named “The Immigration Museum”, which is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who found a home in Melbourne in the 1800s. Today, Melbourne has a population of more than 3 million people and welcomes millions of travelers a year. Visitors book flights to Melbourne for a taste of the city’s world-famous nightlife, shopping, fashion, and sporting events.
In recent years Melbourne’s popularity has grown to rival Sydney’s and travelers planning a visit should book their Melbourne flights early since there’s always an event taking place and people fly in from all over the world to attend. But the lively buzz doesn’t stop at a single event; it’s there every day of the week coming out of its cool jazz bars, fashionable cafes and über-chic boutiques.
The city attracts more than just sports enthusiasts and culture seekers, nature lovers booking Melbourne flights won’t be disappointed. Outside the city are lush vineyards, outback wilderness, and captivating wildlife beckoning to be discovered.
Although mostly temperate, Melbourne does have distinct seasons. Hot summers and cool winters are separated by mild autumn and spring seasons. No matter when you book your cheap flight to Melbourne, there won’t be any distracting extremes, especially since it receives only half the rainfall of sister cities Sydney and Brisbane.
The first day of summer is technically December 21st, making the holidays a great time to book a cheap flight to Melbourne. Although it doesn’t get very hot until January, the period from December to February are filled with glorious sea breezes and ends in a dry, thundery month of March.
If you’re heading to Melbourne for one of the cities famous events, consider flights to Melbourne during The Melbourne Fringe Festival, which takes place in the first three weeks in October, and the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November. Test your skills at cricket from October through March.
Winter, while cold, stays mild with light winds and foggy skies. Travel to Melbourne is less frequent during the frosty season but it’s likely cheap flights to Melbourne and discount accommodations can be found during this time.
Melbourne is lovely city to walk through. It’s fairly compact and the Yarra River, which runs through the middle of the city, offers cruises for those who want to spend their time floating through town. There are plenty of transportation options to be found; trams, trains and buses crisscross the city. The trams are a great way to experience one of Melbourne’s cultural icons, and buses stop at all the major sights. Except for peak hours, it’s easy to hail one of the many cabs. Taxis tend to fill up quickly on Friday and Saturday nights. Driving can be a hassle, despite the ease of navigating through Melbourne’s streets, since trams and aggressive drivers complicate traffic.
National Gallery of Victoria: This citadel of fine art is divided into two sections: The Saint Kilda Road and the Ian Potter Center. The Saint Kilda Road section was redeveloped, and showcases Picasso’s Weeping Woman. The Ian Potter Center holds only Australian art, and is located on the South Bank. Read up on both sections during your flight to Melbourne and plan this leg of your Melbourne travel between Tuesday and Friday.The museum closes on Mondays and attracts droves of tourists on the weekends.
Eureka Tower: The tallest building in Melbourne also happens to be the tallest residential building in the entire world. Public observation is allowed on the 88th floor Sky Deck, so high that other Melbourne flights seem nearby in the sky. The most intriguing part is The Edge, a frosted glass cube that moves and becomes unfrosted for a crystal view of the city skyline.
Laneways and arcades: Of the seven arcades you might stumble upon, don’t miss the Block arcade and the Cathedral arcade. The Block arcade, located on Collins and Elizabeth Street is trimmed with iron and lace architecture, glass dome ceilings, and Italian mosaic floors. The Cathedral arcades offer a selection of Japanese accessories and 50’s rock fashion, along with essential jazz and blues CDs at Basement Discs.
Take a wine tour in the Yarra Valley.
Lava: According to official tourism guides, Melbourne is geologically “built on the confluence of Quaternary lava flows to the west, Silurian mudstones to the east and Holocene sand accumulation to the southeast along Port Phillip.” Pictures are bound to be breathtaking so make sure your camera’s battery is loaded before heading out to explore the lava-lands for the day.
The Melbourne Zoo opened in 1862 and has more than 350 animals, many of them native to the land down under. Visit the wombats, koala bears, kangaroos and wallabies, among many others. There’s a beautiful butterfly house with 12 which hosts approximately 800 butterflies at any time.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are one of the finest in Australia.
Birrarung Marr, a riverside park that is almost a continuous green belt around Melbourne and Carlton Gardens extend around the Royal Exhibition Building which dates from 1880.