Flights from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia

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Flights to Melbourne from Colombo

Destination Overview

Deemed the world’s most livable city in 2017, Melbourne, Australia has something to offer everyone. If you love art or music, there are festivals for every season and designated spaces for street art – not to mention the city’s claim to fame as the vinyl capital of the world. There is also ample opportunity to take in nature in one of the city’s many gardens or at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon. When in Melbourne, you’ll soon discover that the sky’s the limit.

Flying to Melbourne

1. Which airports serve Colombo to Melbourne?

Colombo Airport, also known as Bandaranaike International Airport, is the only airport serving flights from Colombo to Melbourne and is located 35 km north of Colombo. It is one of the busiest hub airports in South Asia with more than 35 operating airlines.

All flights from Colombo will arrive at Melbourne Airport, which is conveniently located 23 km from the city’s center. Melbourne Airport is the second busiest in Australia and is the sole international airport of the four that serve the Melbourne area.

2. Which airlines operate flights from Colombo to Melbourne?

There are many airlines to choose from when planning your trip to Melbourne from Colombo. Srilankan is the major provider for these flights, offering daily departures with no connections required. Other airlines, including Cathay, Emirates, Etihad, Malaysia, Malindo, Qatar, Singapore and Thai, also offer daily departures but require a connection. Air India, China Southern, JAL and China Eastern offer only a few departures throughout the week.

3. How long is the flight?

If you booked a direct flight from Colombo to Melbourne, you can expect the flight to take approximately ten hours. However, there are many other options that will run you upwards of 13 hours of travel with layovers included. Melbourne is four and a half hours ahead of Colombo, so take this into account when planning your flights.

4. Climate changes between Colombo and Melbourne

While Colombo’s warm temperature is consistent throughout the year, Melbourne experiences more varied weather. Between April and November, you can expect relatively warm temperatures and cooler averages throughout the remaining months of the year. The highs and lows throughout the year are more extreme than those of Colombo, so bring layers just in case. Melbournians like to say that the city can experience four seasons in a single day.

5. Culture differences and need-to-know

Melbourne’s currency is the Australian dollar and can be acquired at banks, hotels and international airports. Credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, and American Express are also accepted.

To enter Australia, you will need to apply for one of five visas, depending on the type of travel you are doing. The Australian Visa Authority recommends applying for your visa no later than 24 hours in advance of your departure.

City Information

Melbourne might be a breath of fresh air if you’re flying from Colombo’s densely packed city of 5.6 million people with high year-round temperatures.

A city of nearly 5 million people with 250 times the space of that found in Colombo, Melbourne rates highly in health care, tourism, sport, education, and entertainment. It is little wonder that Melbourne has been deemed the world’s “most livable city” seven years in a row.

The city is known for its walkable laneways, street art and a multitude of festivals throughout the year. Melbourne’s top attractions include the Eureka Skydeck, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Werribee Open Range Zoo, the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Melbourne considers itself a hotspot for various cuisines and boasts a thriving bar scene. If you want to eat and drink like a Melbournian, you should consider indulging in some food truck meals, followed by gelato and a drink from one of the city’s cafes. There is a coffee culture in Melbourne that you won’t want to miss out on.

Melbourne is a truly cosmopolitan city and serves as Australia’s cultural capital. You are sure to find something for everyone in this international city that is constantly celebrating something beautiful, delicious or legendary.

Colombo to Melbourne, Australia Last modified: Sep 19, 2023 12:08 -04:00

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How Much is a Flight from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia?

We have collected flight cost data from across the web for travel from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia, and have found the average flight price for this trip to be LKR321,544.

Where To Buy Cheap Flights from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia?

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How far in advance should I book tickets from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia?

The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding how far in advance to book your flight from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia.

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< 7 days LKR485,290 LKR360,054
7-14 days LKR485,290 LKR367,568
14-21 days LKR446,467 LKR322,483
21-30 days LKR409,835 LKR291,174
30-60 days LKR338,138 LKR289,609
60-90 days LKR441,144 LKR299,941
90+ days LKR326,553 LKR271,136

Cheapest Day To Fly from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia

We've examined 218,310,000 itinerary searches that we've seen for departures in the next 90 days and found that the cheapest day to fly from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia is Sunday. See the chart below to compare prices for other days of the week.

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Compare Flight Prices from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia by Month

Low priced flights are most commonly available by purchasing between one and three months in advance. International or holiday flights may need to be purchased even further in advance. The chart below shows the cheapest flight prices by month for Colombo to Melbourne, Australia flights.

Month Origin Destination Carrier Depart Date Return Date Stops Price
September Colombo Melbourne, Australia Multiple Airlines 9/20/23 9/27/23 1 LKR360,054
October Colombo Melbourne, Australia China Eastern 10/23/23 10/30/23 2 LKR289,609
November Colombo Melbourne, Australia China Eastern 11/2/23 11/8/23 2 LKR291,174
December Colombo Melbourne, Australia Qantas 12/28/23 1/14/24 2 LKR338,451
January Colombo Melbourne, Australia Singapore 1/31/24 2/7/24 1 LKR373,830
February Colombo Melbourne, Australia Singapore 2/21/24 2/28/24 1 LKR298,375
March Colombo Melbourne, Australia Malaysia 3/6/24 3/13/24 1 LKR297,749
April Colombo Melbourne, Australia Malaysia 4/5/24 4/20/24 1 LKR310,899

Cheap Last Minute Flights from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia

Looking for cheap last minute flights or a weekend getaway? We've got you covered with weekend flight deals from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia. The chart below shows the best last minute deals and cheap flights this weekend we could find.

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Connecting Flights vs Direct Flights from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia

Flights between some cities may be significantly cheaper if you choose a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights sacrifice some convenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% when they choose to fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.

The average price for connecting flights from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia is LKR327,806.

The average price for direct flights from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia is LKR393,242.

One Way Flights vs Round Trip Flights from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia

We have found that there is often no price difference between buying a round trip flight versus a one way flight. Increased flexibility is the main benefit when it comes to buying a one way flight from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia. However, booking a round trip flight can be a simpler process. You can compare round trip and one way flights by using our flight comparison.

The average price for one way flights from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia is LKR187,854.

The average price for round trip flights from Colombo to Melbourne, Australia is LKR327,806.

Colombo to Melbourne, Australia Flight Questions

Colombo to Melbourne, Australia Airports

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