There are 5 ways to get from Cairns to Katherine by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Katherine  •  8 h 31 min

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

$325 - $378

Cheapest option

Fly to Darwin, bus  •  9 h 33 min

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

$178 - $517

3 alternative options

Bus  •  34 h 35 min

  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

$214 - $374

Train, bus  •  47 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
  2. Take the train from Townsville station to Mount Isa station
  3. Take the bus from Mount Isa to Barkly Homestead
  4. Take the bus from Barkly Homestead to Tennant Creek
  5. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Dunmarra
  6. Take the bus from Dunmarra to Katherine

$273 - $452

Drive  •  25 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Katherine 1533 miles

$210 - $320

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Katherine is to fly and bus which costs $240 - $700 and takes 9 h 33 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Katherine is to fly which takes 8 h 31 min and costs $440 - $550.

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The distance between Cairns and Katherine is 1471 km. The road distance is 2453 km.

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It takes approximately 8 h 31 min to get from Cairns to Katherine, including transfers.

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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 34 h 35 min.

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

Qantas, Airnorth and Jetstar fly from Cairns to Katherine 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Katherine via Townsville and Tennant Creek in around 34 h 35 min.

Airlines
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Cairns to Katherine via Alice Springs, Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Katherine via Denpasar, Darwin
Ave. Duration
11 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Katherine via Brisbane, Darwin
Ave. Duration
15 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $550
Flights from Cairns to Katherine via Sydney, Darwin
Ave. Duration
16 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Katherine via Melbourne, Darwin
Ave. Duration
15 h 50 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Cairns to Darwin via Gove
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Darwin
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Darwin via Gove
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Darwin via Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Darwin via Townsville
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Darwin
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
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
6 h 9 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Townsville station to Mount Isa station
Ave. Duration
20 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
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.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Palmerston to Katherine
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$24 - $35
Flexifare
$35 - $50
Bus from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$29 - $45
Flexifare
$40 - $55
Bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
19 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
Bus from Tennant Creek to Katherine
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $85
Flexifare
$70 - $100
Bus from Mount Isa to Barkly Homestead
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$35 - $55
Flexifare
$45 - $70
Bus from Barkly Homestead to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$17 - $25
Flexifare
$26 - $40
Bus from Tennant Creek to Dunmarra
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$29 - $45
Flexifare
$40 - $55
Bus from Dunmarra to Katherine
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $55
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$27 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55

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