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When is the best time to fly to Shanghai?

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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.

What is the absolute cheapest flight to Shanghai?

The best deal found on momondo in the last two weeks was a flight to Shanghai from Fuzhou for $72. This is 92% 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.

What is the cheapest day to depart on your flight to Shanghai?

The cheapest day to depart from United States to Shanghai is on a Tuesday when prices can be found for as low as $686. When flying out on a Sunday, the most expensive travel day of the week, you can expect to see flight prices from United States to Shanghai for around $762.

What is the cheapest time of day to depart on your flight to Shanghai?

Our most recent data shows that the best time of day to fly to Shanghai is at noon. Flights from United States to Shanghai during this time can be as low as $640. In contrast, the most expensive time of day to depart to Shanghai is in the evening when prices are around $775.

What is there to do in Shanghai when it’s raining?

Users planning a flight to Shanghai during the months of June, July, or August should anticipate rain. There are still things to do in Shanghai even when it's raining, though. Shanghai Museum is a great museum to visit near Shanghai and is especially great when the weather outside is less than desirable. 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.

Is there a good place to hike near Shanghai?

Hikers looking for a more family-friendly day in the great outdoors would be best suited to plan their flight to Shanghai for October and November, when they can visit Century Park and enjoy all that the park has to offer.

Is there an alternative airport near Shanghai?

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).

Is there a cheaper alternative to flying into Shanghai?

Wuxi Airport has an average price of $617 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.


What are the current travel restrictions for Shanghai?

Currently, China travel restrictions include travel to Shanghai. China has restricted entry and transit to all travelers except Chinese nationals, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan passport holders, and travelers with diplomatic, service, courtesy, or C visas, or visas issued after March 28, 2020. Foreign nationals coming to the mainland of China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities, or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Travelers arriving at Beijing (PEK), Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Shenzhen (SZX) or Xiamen (XMN) are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days. Airline crew with a layover at the above airports must undergo NAT inside the passenger terminal, then self-isolate at their hotel temporarily before acquiring the NAT results. All travelers arriving in China must present a QR code generated from a completed "Health Declaration Form" upon arrival. The form can be obtained before departure at http://health.customsapp.com/. Alongside the form, travelers must present a negative test for COVID-19 taken within 3 days before travel. Chinese nationals arriving from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom or the United States must declare their health status for 14 days in the Wechat program "FANG YI JIAN KANG MA GUO JI BAN". A green QR code generated from the program must be presented before departure. Chinese nationals arriving from the following countries will need a COVID-19 nucleic acid test result to generate this code: Bangladesh, Chad, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand or Turkey. All travelers who are arriving from or have transited through the following countries must have a COVID-19 nucleic acid test result issued at most 5 days before departure: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Guinea, Iran, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malta, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda or Zimbabwe. The same applies to travelers who have been in the Maldives or United Kingdom (from August 21), Senegal (from August 24) or Belarus (from August 28). If you are planning to travel to Shanghai at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.


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
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Nov 11
LAX
Los Angeles
26h 45m
2 stops
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Nov 25
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
20h 09m
2 stops
LAX
Los Angeles
Major Airline
Nov 11
LAX
Los Angeles
16h 40m
1 stop
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Nov 25
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
17h 16m
1 stop
LAX
Los Angeles
Turkish Airlines
Feb 8
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
28h 55m
1 stop
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Mar 30
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
36h 05m
1 stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Delta
Feb 15
LAX
Los Angeles
17h 00m
1 stop
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Mar 31
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
12h 10m
LAX
Los Angeles
Multiple Airlines
Nov 17
LAX
Los Angeles
16h 40m
1 stop
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Nov 24
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
17h 25m
2 stops
LAX
Los Angeles
Turkish Airlines
Jan 31
EWR
Newark
28h 00m
1 stop
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Mar 31
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
35h 50m
1 stop
EWR
Newark

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Shanghai

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Dec 1
SFO
San Francisco
43h 55m
3 stops
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Aeroflot
Nov 18
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
25h 20m
1 stop
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Multiple Airlines
Nov 11
SFO
San Francisco
43h 55m
3 stops
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong

Which airlines fly to Shanghai?

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

Several airlines offer non-stop flights from the US to Shanghai’s two airports. You may choose from Delta, American Airlines, China Eastern, United, Air China, and Hainan Airlines. Numerous international airlines offer flights with one or more stops into Shanghai.


How to get from the airport to Shanghai city center?

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

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.

Trains

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.

Taxis

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.

Shuttles

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.

Trains

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.

Taxis

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

Shuttles

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

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How to get around in 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.


What are the visa and passport requirements when flying to 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 < "http://visa.ywpw.com/ChineseVisa/nonUSCitizen_en.html" target ="_blank">this link for information.


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Additional info and tips about visiting 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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