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Summary info about Shanghai flight prices, duration and airlines

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16h 15m

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The best one-way flight price to Shanghai from United States in the last 72 hours is $576 (Los Angeles to Shanghai Pu Dong).
The best round-trip flight price to Shanghai from United States in the last 72 hours is $1,011 (Los Angeles to Shanghai Pu Dong).
The fastest flight to Shanghai from United States takes 16h 15m (Los Angeles to Shanghai Pu Dong).
There is 1 airline operating flights to Shanghai, including Air Canada.

Cheapest flights to Shanghai airports

Find the cheapest flights to these Shanghai airports from your nearest city or airport
Los Angeles


Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai Hongqiao Intl Airport (SHA)

Typically, flights to Shanghai from Los Angeles are cheaper when flying from Los Angeles to Shanghai Hongqiao Intl, which has an average price of $615

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO SHANGHAI FROM LOS ANGELESMarch28% cheaperFlying from Los Angeles to Shanghai costs on average just $499 in March
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO SHANGHAI FROM LOS ANGELESAugust104% more expensiveIt costs about $1,425 for flights to Shanghai from Los Angeles in August
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO SHANGHAI FROM LOS ANGELESDecember302% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Shanghai from Los Angeles in December than any other month

When is the best time to fly to Shanghai?

Shanghai’s humid subtropical climate contains four distinct seasons. Winter can be cold, with temperatures that drop to freezing, although snowfall is rare. This makes the season the least expensive for travel, but only until the Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year. This holiday shifts dates from year to year because it’s based on the lunar calendar, but falls around late January – mid-February and lasts for 23 days. During the Spring Festival, not only will the city be extremely busy, but also many shops and even some tourist attractions close. During the spring, comfortable temperatures and less precipitation than during summer make it a popular time for travelers to visit. Make sure you book your flights and accommodation ahead of time. Heat, humidity, and plenty of rain make summer less comfortable for tourists, so you might find some good deals if you visit in June – August. Tourist season picks up again in late September and October, after typhoon season, with drier weather and temperatures of 23 – 27 degrees Celsius.

The best deal found on momondo in the last two weeks was a flight to Shanghai from Changchun for $45. This is 99% cheaper than most flight deals to Shanghai. To find the cheapest price to Shanghai from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.

The cheapest month to fly to Shanghai from United States is in September. Flight prices, which tend to average around $577, are often lower during this time because this is during the off-season. The month of October is another great option to travel to Shanghai, with average flight prices from United States averaging around $591.

We recommend purchasing flights from United States to Shanghai 42 days ahead of your departure date because this is when momondo users tend to see the best flight rates. On average, our users have found flights to Shanghai for $858.

When planning your flight to Shanghai, it is important to be aware that some months are not as ideal as others. Specifically, the months of June, July, or August could carry a higher chance of rain, as Shanghai sees up to 5.1 inches or more. There are still things to do in Shanghai even when it's raining, but be aware that rain is highly probable in the area. While in Shanghai you will find Shanghai Museum nearby which is a great museum to visit when you’re looking for things to do indoors. Shopping centers like Nanjing Road are very popular destinations for those visiting the Shanghai area. Nanjing Road is a great place to go if you’re looking to spend some time inside.

If you’re looking to do your hiking in warmer conditions, consider planning your flight to Shanghai for October and November. Parks like Century Park are popular hot spots in those months.

Finding an alternative and possibly cheaper destination airport near Shanghai is possible. If you are planning a flight to Shanghai, consider booking flights to Shanghai Pu Dong Airport (19 mi from Shanghai city center), Suzhou Airport (65 mi from Shanghai city center), Wuxi Airport (66 mi from Shanghai city center), Nantong Airport (67 mi from Shanghai city center) or Hangzhou Airport (93 mi from Shanghai city center).

Nantong Airport has an average price of $106 per person and is typically the cheapest airport to fly into when visiting Shanghai. This average price does vary based on departure city. Try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool to find the cheapest flight.

Yes, you can get a flight ticket to Shanghai Hongqiao Intl if you want to reach Changning. It is the nearest Shanghai airport (2.4 mi away).

The closest airport to The Bund is 9.5 mi away - Shanghai’s Shanghai Hongqiao Intl airport.

Shanghai flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United States to Shanghai found recently by users on momondo
Air Canada
Nov 6
LAX4:00 amLos Angeles
39h 00m
2 stops
PVG7:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong
Mar 6
PVG12:50 pmShanghai Pu Dong
40h 55m
2 stops
LAX5:45 amLos Angeles
Air Canada
Oct 31
LAX3:45 amLos Angeles
17h 15m
1 stop
PVG9:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong
Nov 30
PVG12:50 pmShanghai Pu Dong
19h 57m
2 stops
LAX8:47 amLos Angeles
Air Canada
Nov 3
LAX3:45 amLos Angeles
17h 15m
1 stop
PVG9:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong
Mar 7
PVG12:50 pmShanghai Pu Dong
17h 03m
1 stop
LAX5:53 amLos Angeles
Air Canada
Nov 3
LAX3:45 amLos Angeles
17h 15m
1 stop
PVG9:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong
Nov 10
PVG12:50 pmShanghai Pu Dong
33h 23m
1 stop
LAX10:13 pmLos Angeles
Air Canada
Nov 5
LAX10:00 amLos Angeles
59h 00m
2 stops
PVG8:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong
Nov 26
PVG12:50 pmShanghai Pu Dong
33h 23m
1 stop
LAX10:13 pmLos Angeles
Air Canada
Nov 4
LAX1:15 pmLos Angeles
31h 45m
1 stop
PVG9:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong
Mar 6
PVG12:50 pmShanghai Pu Dong
40h 55m
2 stops
LAX5:45 amLos Angeles

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Shanghai

If you're looking for one-way flights from United States to Shanghai, view some of our deals below provided by Air Canada
Multiple Airlines
Oct 29
LAX6:35 amLos Angeles
46h 30m
2 stops
PVG5:05 amShanghai Pu Dong
Multiple Airlines
Oct 28
JFK10:00 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
46h 05m
2 stops
PVG8:05 amShanghai Pu Dong
Air Canada
Nov 15
LAX2:45 amLos Angeles
16h 15m
1 stop
PVG7:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong

Which airlines fly to Shanghai?

Here you can see a selection of the most popular and cheapest airlines for flights to Shanghai

Which airlines fly to Shanghai?

There may be other airlines that fly to Shanghai from United States, but the most popular among our users are Hainan Airlines, Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines. These airlines should offer flights to Shanghai on a routine basis if you’re flying from one of the more popular airports in United States.

Best first class flights to Shanghai

Compare and see reviews for airlines with premium cabins that fly to Shanghai
AirlineRatingFirst ClassPrice
China EasternPriceFrom $743First ClassRating











Pros: Standard flight

Cons: My connecting flights were terrible. I was kept at the airport on a layover to another city and they wouldn't let me board because they said my passport number was entered wrong on the reservation. This made no sense as I had gotten off another flight on my way back home. No one at the airport in Shanghai was helpful and it was really frustrating to think that I would be stuck in China. I was finally able to track down a international supervisor who was able to print out my boarding passes and let me board my flight. Unfortunately, another family with small kids were dealing with the same issue as me only their flight was leaving in 30 mins. I hope they were able to make their flight.

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  • $7,693 is the average price for a Business class flight to Shanghai. To reduce the cost of flying with premium cabin classes, travelers should be flexible with their choice of airlines and flight dates. It is not uncommon, however, to find Business class deals for as low as $2,512 departing from New York John F Kennedy Intl Airport (found by some users on May 8).

  • Choose China Eastern if you are planning to fly Business class to Shanghai. Depending on the airline, some additional premium perks may be available to travelers.

  • On average, Premium economy class flights to Shanghai are priced at $1,508 per person. Choosing Premium economy class tickets over Business class tickets saves you up to 81% per person for equally comfortable seats, along with some exclusive premium services.

  • Tired of flying Economy? Hainan Airlines, the most highly rated airline for flights to Shanghai, offers several premium cabin classes: Business, Premium economy. We advise exploring other airlines and being flexible with where you’re flying from to have the most cabin choices.

Airports near Shanghai

Below you will find all the airports in Shanghai along with the distance from the city center

How to get to downtown Shanghai from the airport

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is one of two international airports in Shanghai and an important aviation hub serving mainly domestic and regional flights. It’s situated around 13 kilometers west of Downtown Shanghai. If you arrive at Hongqiao Airport, these are your options for travel to the city center.


Shanghai Metro lines 2 and 7 can take you from either of Hongqiao Airport’s two terminals to the city center. Get on line 2 at Terminal 2 and ride to the People’s Square in about 30 minutes or take line 10 from Terminal 1 and get off at Yuyuan Garden in about the same amount of time. The fare for either is ¥4.00 RMB.


You can hail a taxi from Terminal 1 at the arrival hall exit, or from Terminal 2 at the south side of gate 4. Travel time to the People’s Square is about 30 minutes, and the fare is ¥50.00 RMB.


From Terminal 1, you can take bus 806 or 1207 to get downtown for a fare of ¥2.00 RMB. If you arrive at Terminal 2, board any of these buses: Hongqiao hub lines 4 or 9, airport line 1, line 941, or line 361 (the night bus). The fare for daytime shuttles is ¥4.00 RMB, and for the night bus, ¥16.00 RMB.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)

Pudong Airport mainly serves international flights, so this is where most international tourists land. Here are your transport options into Downtown Shanghai.


Shanghai Metro line 2 will get you from the airport to People’s Square in 62 minutes, for a fare of ¥7.00 RMB. You may also take the Maglev from the airport, get off at Longyang Rd. in only 8 minutes, and then take Metro line 2 into the city center in 18 minutes. The Maglev costs ¥50.00 RMB and the Metro costs ¥4.00 RMB, so you pay a total of ¥54.00 RMB, and your total travel time is 26 minutes.


A taxi into Downtown Shanghai from Pudong Airport will cost you approximately ¥200.00 RMB, and the trip will take about 45 minutes.


You can take Pudong Airport shuttle bus 2 from the airport to City Terminal, or the night bus 361, to the same destination. The travel time is the same, at around 60 minutes, but the night bus costs ¥30.00 RMB, while the other is only ¥16.00 RMB.

Car Rentals

If you’re planning on renting a car while visiting Shanghai, it’s definitely worth checking for deals on car rentals with momondo.

Popular routes to Shanghai

Most frequently searched flights to Shanghai along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
Los Angeles to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time13h 55m
Cheapest price$1,195
San Francisco to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time13h 00m
Cheapest price$1,180
Washington, D.C. to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time22h 45m
Cheapest price$1,877
New York to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time17h 45m
Cheapest price$1,061
Seattle to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time15h 27m
Cheapest price$990
Chicago to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time14h 20m
Cheapest price$1,731
Miami to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time30h 40m
Cheapest price$2,031
Detroit to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time24h 43m
Cheapest price$2,393
Houston to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time33h 50m
Cheapest price$1,920
Oakland, California to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time22h 44m
Cheapest price$4,035
Philadelphia to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time42h 45m
Cheapest price$1,854
Dallas to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time22h 30m
Cheapest price$1,466
Boston to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time23h 25m
Cheapest price$1,925
Denver to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time43h 41m
Cheapest price$3,179
Atlanta to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time26h 55m
Cheapest price$1,955
San Jose to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time29h 35m
Cheapest price$1,082
Las Vegas to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time33h 50m
Cheapest price$1,473
Honolulu to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time14h 50m
Cheapest price$848
Orlando to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time26h 14m
Cheapest price$1,623
Brussels to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time39h 40m
Cheapest price$1,763

How to travel around Shanghai

The best way to get around in Shanghai is to use their affordable and efficient public transit. The bus and subway systems are relatively easy to navigate; both have signage in English and Mandarin, and the subway even has announcements in English. At convenience stores and any metro station, you can buy a Public Transportation Card (jiao tong ka), load it with credit and travel on buses, the metro, and even some taxis.

Public Transportation

There are 15 subway lines with connections all over Shanghai, stopping at or nearby the main attractions and commercial areas. They run from 5:30am to midnight daily, and fares range from ¥3.00 RMB for the first few stops to ¥10.00 RMB for the most distant ones. Shanghai’s bus system is extensive as well, although the buses may be crowded, and you will need to keep a close eye on your valuables. The bus fare is ¥2.00 RMB.

Bicycles and scooters

For those who have a romantic notion to join the crowds on a bicycle or scooter, we recommend that you think twice before doing so. Shanghai’s traffic is chaotic, and drivers rarely offer courtesy to cyclists, or pedestrians for that matter. However you choose to make your way on the streets of Shanghai, it’s best to keep your wits about you.

Visa requirements for visiting Shanghai

U.S. citizens traveling to China must obtain a visa prior to arrival and have a passport with at least 6 months’ validity remaining. The lack of either will result in a fine and immediate deportation. You can apply for a 10-year multiple-entry visa, useful for repeated travel to China. For foreign nationals, please check < "" target ="_blank">this link for information.

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Best things to do and see in Shanghai

Things to do and places of interest in Shanghai

Shanghai is a dazzling, fast-paced city of bright lights, lofty skyscrapers, a blend of diverse architectural styles and bustling markets. Here are a few sights you should add to your itinerary.

  • For Instagram-worthy pictures, head for the Bund at sunset, and capture the iconic view of the Huangpu river with a backdrop of Shanghai’s towering skyscrapers.
  • Northeast of old Shanghai, you’ll find the spectacular, 1559-dated, Yù Yuán, the Garden of Happiness, which covers an area of more than 20,000 square meters and consists of an outer and an inner garden. The Exquisite Jade Rock, said to have been from Song Emperor Huizong’s private collection, is certainly worth seeing.
  • Visit the Jade Buddha temple in the Anyuan Lu district of Shanghai. Here you can admire the splendid Hall of the Kings of Heaven (Tian Wang Dian) noted for its statues of the 4 heavenly kings, and two Shakyamuni sculptures. Carved from white jade, one of these extraordinary statues is almost 2 meters high.
  • Wander through the Shanghai Museum which contains a comprehensive display of the advanced cultures of bygone eras, including the Ming and Qing dynasties. Bronze statues, jade artefacts, ceramics, ancient coins, and traditional costumes are exhibited across the museum’s 4 floors.
  • Stroll through the charming French Concession. This once French-occupied neighborhood boasts leafy streets packed with boutiques, cafés, restaurants, and bars.
  • If you want to pick up some fun souvenirs, check out the street market just outside of the turnstiles of the Science and Technology subway station (on the Pudong side). It’s one of the cleanest and most tourist-friendly of Shanghai’s famous street markets, and you’ll find some great buys here!

Tips and tricks for visiting Shanghai

Wondering about tipping etiquette in Shanghai? Strictly speaking, the government forbids it, though it still happens in some of the swankier restaurants. Tipping never happens in smaller restaurants and taxi drivers are likely to hand your change back to you.

When greeting people in Shanghai, it is customary to present them with your business card. If possible, have some cards printed with Chinese text on the reverse. When you are introduced to a local, take out your card, bow slightly, and present it with both hands. They will probably respond in a similar manner.

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