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There are 3 ways to get from Thursday Island to Karumba by ferry, plane or bus

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Recommended option

Ferry to Bamaga, fly  •  9h 19m

  1. Take the ferry from Thursday Island to Seisia
  2. Fly from Bamaga (ABM) to Normanton (NTN) ABM - NTN

Cheapest option

Ferry to Horn Island, fly  •  24h 36m

  1. Take the ferry from Thursday Island to Horn Island
  2. Fly from Horn Island (HID) to Normanton (NTN) HID - NTN

1 alternative option

Ferry, bus  •  2 days 13h

  1. Take the ferry from Thursday Island to Cairns
  2. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Karumba
Thursday Island → Karumba
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The cost-effective way to get from Thursday Island to Karumba is to ferry and fly, which costs $270 - $1,000 and takes 24h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Thursday Island to Karumba is to ferry and fly which costs $370 - $1,100 and takes 9h 19m.

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The distance between Thursday Island and Karumba is 782 km.

The best way to get from Thursday Island to Karumba without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 2 days 13h and costs $850 - $950.

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It takes approximately 9h 19m to get from Thursday Island to Karumba, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Bamaga Airport to Normanton Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 30m and has one stopover.

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Regional Express offers flights from Bamaga Airport to Normanton Airport.

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Map of how to get from Thursday Island to Karumba.
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  • Distance: 781.9 km
  • Duration: 9h 19m

What companies run services between Thursday Island, QLD, Australia and Karumba, QLD, Australia?

There is no direct connection from Thursday Island to Karumba. However, you can take the ferry to Seisia, take the taxi to Bamaga airport, fly to Normanton, take the walk to Normanton, then take the bus to Karumba. Alternatively, you can take the ferry to Horn Island, take the walk to Horn Island, take the bus to Horn Island Airport, take the walk to Horn Island airport, fly to Normanton, take the walk to Normanton, then take the bus to Karumba.

Airlines
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Bamaga to Normanton via Cairns
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Horn Island to Normanton via Cairns
Ave. Duration
19h 55m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,100
Flights from Horn Island to Normanton via Bamaga, Cairns
Ave. Duration
25h 50m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Bus operators
Trans North Bus & Coach
Phone
+61 7 3036 2070
Website
transnorthbus.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Karumba
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $190
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com.au
Book at
tnbc.com.au
Ferry operators
Peddells
Phone
07 40691551
Email
info@peddellsferry.com.au
Website
peddellsferry.com.au
Ferry from Thursday Island to Seisia
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
peddellsferry.com.au
Book at
app.respax.com
McDonald Charter Boats
Phone
1300 664 875
Email
info@tiferry.com.au
Website
tiferry.com.au
Ferry from Thursday Island to Horn Island
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
tiferry.com.au
SeaSwift
Phone
1800424422
Email
cruisebookings@seaswift.com.au
Website
seaswift.com.au
Ferry from Thursday Island to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 days 0h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$730
Schedules at
seaswift.com.au

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