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There are 6 ways to get from Cairns to Katherine by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Katherine  •  10h 19m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Katherine (KTR) CNS - KTR

$326 - $372

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Fly to Darwin, bus  •  10h 38m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Darwin (DRW) CNS - DRW
  2. Take the bus from Palmerston to Katherine

$176 - $513

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Fly to Kununurra, bus  •  20h 5m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Kununurra (KNX) CNS - KNX
  2. Take the bus from Kununurra to Katherine

$516 - $654

Bus  •  34h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek
  3. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Katherine

$203 - $368

Train, bus  •  42h 59m

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
  2. Take the train from Townsville station to Juila Creek station
  3. Take the bus from Julia Creek to Tennant Creek
  4. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Dunmarra
  5. Take the bus from Dunmarra to Katherine

$243 - $405

Drive  •  25h 18m

  1. Drive from Cairns to Katherine 1533 miles

$210 - $320

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Katherine is to fly and bus which costs $240 - $750 and takes 10h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Katherine is to fly which costs $450 - $550 and takes 10h 19m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns to Katherine. However, there are services departing from Cairns and arriving at Katherine via Townsville and Tennant Creek. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 34h 55m.

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The distance between Cairns and Katherine is 1471 km. The road distance is 2452.9 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Katherine without a car is to bus which takes 34h 55m and costs $280 - $550.

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It takes approximately 10h 19m to get from Cairns to Katherine, including transfers.

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Cairns to Katherine bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Cairns station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Katherine is to fly which takes 10h 19m and costs $450 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $280 - $550 and takes 34h 55m.

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Katherine Airport. The quickest flight takes 14h 40m and has one stopover.

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Cairns to Katherine bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Katherine station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Katherine.
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  • Distance: 919.2 miles
  • Duration: 10h 19m

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Katherine, NT, Australia?

Qantas, Airnorth and Jetstar fly from Cairns to Katherine twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Katherine via Townsville and Tennant Creek in around 34h 55m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Darwin
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Darwin via Gove
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Darwin via Ayers Rock
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Kununurra via Brisbane, Broome
Ave. Duration
10h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,300
Flights from Cairns to Kununurra via Ngurah Rai, Darwin
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$450 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Kununurra via Darwin
Ave. Duration
21h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Kununurra via Brisbane, Darwin
Ave. Duration
21h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$450 - $550
Flights from Cairns to Kununurra via Melbourne, Broome
Ave. Duration
21h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,400
Flights from Cairns to Kununurra via Perth, Broome
Ave. Duration
21h 55m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$450 - $650
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Cairns to Katherine via Alice Springs, Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Katherine via Ngurah Rai, Darwin
Ave. Duration
13h 35m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Katherine via Darwin
Ave. Duration
17h 15m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Katherine via Brisbane, Darwin
Ave. Duration
17h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $320
Flights from Cairns to Darwin via Gove
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Darwin
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,100
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Townsville station to Juila Creek station
Ave. Duration
13h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
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Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

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Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Palmerston to Katherine
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $50
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$23 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $50
Bus from Kununurra to Katherine
Ave. Duration
7h 6m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$40 - $60
Flexifare
$50 - $75
Bus from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $55
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
19h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Tennant Creek to Katherine
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$65 - $95
Bus from Julia Creek to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
11h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$70 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
Bus from Tennant Creek to Dunmarra
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $55
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Bus from Dunmarra to Katherine
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$26 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $50

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More Questions & Answers

Katherine is 30m behind Cairns. It is currently 1:43 AM in Cairns and 1:13 AM in Katherine.

Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Katherine is 2453 km. It takes approximately 25h 18m to drive from Cairns to Katherine.

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Qantas, Jetstar and Airnorth offer flights from Cairns Airport to Katherine Airport.

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There are 10+ hotels available in Katherine. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to shuttle which takes 15m and costs $23 - $25.

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