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Shenzhen
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl Airport

CHEAPEST ROUTE FROM Shenzhen TO Shanghai

Shenzhen (SZX) to Hangzhou (HGH)

Typically, flights to Shanghai from Shenzhen are cheaper when flying from Shenzhen to Hangzhou, which has an average price of $154

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO SHANGHAI FROM SHENZHENMay29% cheaperFlying from Shenzhen to Shanghai costs on average just $158 in May
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO SHANGHAI FROM SHENZHENMarch29% more expensiveIt costs about $288 for flights to Shanghai from Shenzhen in March
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO SHANGHAI FROM SHENZHENNovember241% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Shanghai from Shenzhen in November than any other month

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 91% 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 month to fly to Shanghai?

The cheapest month to fly to Shanghai from United States is in September. Flight prices, which tend to average around $527, 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 $582.

How far in advance should I book a flight to Shanghai?

We recommend purchasing flights from United States to Shanghai 44 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 $804. Don’t hesitate to check prices now though because momondo users recently found tickets for as low as $789.

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

The cheapest day to depart on your flight to Shanghai is on a Tuesday when prices can be found for as low as $704. This is often the case because there is less demand to fly during this day of the week. When flying out on a Friday, the most expensive travel day of the week, you can expect to see flight prices from United States to Shanghai for around $780.

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

Our data shows that the cheapest United States to Shanghai flights are usually those with departure times in the evening. Our users have found flights to Shanghai in the evening for as low as $685. Flights at noon are often more expensive with an average ticket price of $884.

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

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.

Is there a good place to hike near Shanghai?

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.

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 $581 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.

Entry restrictions

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. China has suspended all direct flights from the UK. Foreign nationals with residence permit with the purpose of work, personal matter and reunion can re-enter China. Holders of expired residence permits can apply for a new one. 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.

Entry requirements

Foreign nationals must complete a "Health Declaration Form" and present upon arrival. Chinese nationals arriving from Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Chad, Colombia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam or Zambia must have a green QR code with a must declare their health status for 14 days in the WeChat app "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 issued within 3 days prior to departure to generate this code. Foreign nationals arriving from the abovementioned countries must have a Health Declaration Form issued by a Chinese embassy or consulate. The form can be obtained with a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 3 days before departure Travelers arriving from Taiwan must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result issued at most 72 hours before departure. Travelers arriving from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Syria, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, US or Zimbabwe must have a green QR code with a must declare their health status for 14 days in the WeChat app "FANG YI JIAN KANG MA GUO JI BAN". A green QR code generated from the program must be presented before departure. Travelers arriving from the following countries will need a COVID-19 nucleic acid test result issued within 48 hours and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued at most 48 hours prior departure prior to departure to generate this code. Travelers not arriving directly in China must repeat both tests in the transit countries and obtain a new Health Declaration Form in each transit country. Foreign nationals arriving from the abovementioned countries must have a Health Declaration Form issued by a Chinese embassy or consulate. The form can be obtained with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 48 hours before departure and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. Travelers not arriving directly in China must repeat both tests in the transit countries and obtain a new Health Declaration Form in each transit country.

Quarantine requirements

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.

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
Air Canada
Nov 8
SEA3:00 amSeattle/Tacoma Intl
16h 00m
1 stop
PVG7:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong
Jan 12
PVG12:50 pmShanghai Pu Dong
12h 53m
1 stop
SEA1:43 amSeattle/Tacoma Intl
Multiple Airlines
Sep 30
SEA4:20 pmSeattle/Tacoma Intl
19h 20m
2 stops
PVG11:40 amShanghai Pu Dong
Nov 20
PVG12:50 pmShanghai Pu Dong
18h 22m
2 stops
SEA7:12 amSeattle/Tacoma Intl
Air Canada
Nov 25
SEA3:20 pmSeattle/Tacoma Intl
27h 40m
1 stop
PVG7:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong
Dec 1
PVG12:50 pmShanghai Pu Dong
16h 23m
1 stop
SEA5:13 amSeattle/Tacoma Intl
Aeroflot
Nov 1
JFK10:25 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
20h 40m
1 stop
PVG7:05 amShanghai Pu Dong
Nov 12
PVG8:05 pmShanghai Pu Dong
23h 35m
1 stop
JFK7:40 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
Air Canada
Nov 10
SEA3:20 pmSeattle/Tacoma Intl
27h 40m
1 stop
PVG7:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong
Nov 22
PVG12:50 pmShanghai Pu Dong
19h 18m
1 stop
SEA8:08 amSeattle/Tacoma Intl
Air Canada
Nov 1
SEA2:45 pmSeattle/Tacoma Intl
30h 15m
1 stop
PVG9:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong
Nov 30
PVG12:50 pmShanghai Pu Dong
17h 58m
1 stop
SEA6:48 amSeattle/Tacoma Intl

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Shanghai

If you're looking for one-way flights to Shanghai, view some of our deals below provided by Aeroflot
Air Canada
Nov 11
SEA3:00 amSeattle/Tacoma Intl
16h 00m
1 stop
PVG7:00 pmShanghai Pu Dong
Aeroflot
Nov 2
JFK10:25 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
20h 40m
1 stop
PVG7:05 amShanghai Pu Dong
Aeroflot
Nov 11
JFK8:25 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
20h 40m
1 stop
PVG5:05 amShanghai 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

Most frequently searched flights to Shanghai along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
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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.


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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