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About Flights to China

Summary info about China flight prices, duration and airlines

Best One-Way Price


Best Return Price


Fastest flight time

19h 10m

Operated By

3 airlines
The best one-way flight price to China from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours is £310 (Manchester to Shanghai Pu Dong).
The best return flight price to China from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours is £876 (London Heathrow to Shanghai Pu Dong).
The fastest flight to China from United Kingdom takes 19h 10m (London Heathrow to Guangzhou Baiyun).
There are 3 airlines operating flights to China, including China Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Egypt Air.

Popular cities and sights

Looking to visit China? Check out these cities and spend time seeing some of the most popular sights in the country

Cheapest flights to cities in China

Click on the cities below to find out when it's cheapest to fly to China from United Kingdom

Useful information for your flight to China

Get up-to-date answers for some of the most frequently asked questions regarding flying to China

The cheapest flights to China recently found by momondo users are £59 with Cebu Pacific, £74 with Cathay Dragon, and £79 with Singapore Airlines.

Flight times from United Kingdom to China vary, but if you’re flying out of London Heathrow and flying into Shanghai Hongqiao Intl (one of the most popular routes), then the duration is 11h 35m on average. Another popular route from United Kingdom to China is flying from Manchester to Shanghai Hongqiao Intl, which will take roughly 26h 40m. Keep in mind that layovers or delays could extend your travel time.

Flights to China have been found on momondo for as low as £40 per ticket recently. However, the average price tends to be £2,233 and anything for £2,087 or less is a good deal. £26,871 is the most expensive flight we’ve seen in the past week, though you may be able to avoid this price depending on what airport you fly from, what airline you choose, and how far in advance you book your flights.

Recent flights found to popular cities in China

Find flights to these popular cities in China from your nearest airport.

Cheapest flight routes to China

These routes have the cheapest flights to China found by momondo users in United Kingdom
DepartingDestinationBest TimeBest Price
NorwichGuilin22h 30m£502
ExeterBeijing21h 00m£617
LondonShanghai11h 35m£876
LondonBeijing29h 35m£971
CardiffGuilin22h 40m£980
LondonWuhan41h 05m£1,012
LondonQingdao11h 20m£1,122
ManchesterBeijing28h 20m£1,213
BirminghamZhuhai28h 30m£1,253
BelfastBeijing33h 10m£1,285
EdinburghZhuhai20h 55m£1,316
EdinburghShanghai16h 10m£1,395
DarlingtonShanghai21h 30m£1,424
ManchesterShanghai26h 40m£1,435
ManchesterGuangzhou22h 50m£1,435
Newcastle upon TyneShanghai56h 50m£1,446

Best things to do and see in China

Each year, China has vast numbers of traditional festivals and fascinating events that tourists can be a part of. If you book flights to China during February, you can enjoy the spectacular Chinese Lantern Festival. Taking place at the end of February, the festival is celebrated across the whole country. It also attracts many tourists to major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, and it is a good idea to book China flight deals early if you want to attend. During the festival, thousands of beautifully decorated lanterns are released into the night sky to symbolise the change of the seasons from winter to spring. The lanterns also symbolise letting go of the past and moving into a new stage of life. China also celebrates the change back from summer to autumn with the annual Mid-Autumn Festival in September. It also draws large crowds in Beijing, where amazing lights and decorations illuminate the streets for the event. Visitors attending this festival can enjoy street celebrations and try the delicious moon cakes traditionally eaten as part of the event.

China is a vast country, and its rich and varied food culture reflects this. You will find large differences in the types of fare available, depending on whether you travel to the country’s north, south, east, or west. However, some staple foods, like rice and noodles, are common throughout China and make up the base for most dishes. If you buy China flight deals to visit northern China, you will likely come across stewed meat dishes like Dezhou Chicken, braised intestines, or braised beef stew. Meanwhile, when you visit the south, you will find examples of Cantonese and Fujian style cooking, such as sweet and sour pork, poached lobster soup, Fuzhou fish balls, oyster omelette, and roasted goose. Chinese cooking is also well known for its delicious light bites like spring rolls and vermicelli rolls stuffed with meat or fresh, crispy vegetables. Meanwhile, tofu is a popular vegetarian option in China, although most dishes are cooked with meat stock or with fish sauce added. During your stay in the country, you may be interested in visiting some well-known Chinese restaurants, such as the Peking Duck in Beijing or the South Beauty, which specialises in Sichuan cuisine.

China’s diverse history means there are plenty of incredible attractions to explore. When you book flights to China, you can take in world-famous sites like the Great Wall of China or the Museum of Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an. At the Tian Tan Big Buddha Statue in Hong Kong, check out the amazing views from the statue’s base. If you are interested in Chinese history, a trip to the Bund is a must. The Bund is the historical centre of Shanghai with numerous well-preserved neoclassical buildings on the banks of the Huang Pu River. History lovers would enjoy the Historic Centre of Macau and the China Folk Cultural Village, which has information and exhibits about the country’s many different cultures. China is also home to the giant panda bear. When you book China flight deals, you can observe these amazing creatures at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Sichuan or the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou. The latter also has a range of other exotic animals and makes for a perfect family day out.

You must have both a valid UK passport and the correct visa when you travel to China. To apply for your visa, you will need to attend a Visa Application Centre in person, as your fingerprints will be taken as part of the application process.­­­

Popular routes landing in China

Compare flights to and from the nearest airports to discover the best prices and most convenient flight times
London to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time11h 35m
Cheapest price£876
London to Beijing Flights
Fastest flight time28h 30m
Cheapest price£1,371
London to Guangzhou Flights
Fastest flight time18h 50m
Cheapest price£1,705
Newcastle upon Tyne to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time56h 50m
Cheapest price£1,446
Manchester to Guangzhou Flights
Fastest flight time22h 50m
Cheapest price£1,435
Manchester to Beijing Flights
Fastest flight time20h 35m
Cheapest price£1,711
Edinburgh to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time16h 10m
Cheapest price£1,395
Newcastle upon Tyne to Guangzhou Flights
Fastest flight time25h 25m
Cheapest price£6,221
London to Shenzhen Flights
Fastest flight time19h 25m
Cheapest price£2,451
Bangkok to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time12h 55m
Cheapest price£3,216
London to Wuhan Flights
Fastest flight time31h 00m
Cheapest price£2,840
Paris to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time17h 30m
Cheapest price£1,513
London to Chengdu Flights
Fastest flight time28h 20m
Cheapest price£2,040
Southampton to Nanning Flights
Fastest flight time30h 25m
Cheapest price£3,279
Southampton to Shenzhen Flights
Fastest flight time25h 55m
Cheapest price£3,396
Manchester to Zhanjiang Flights
Fastest flight time21h 10m
Cheapest price£6,882
London to Harbin Flights
Fastest flight time61h 55m
Cheapest price£2,807
London to Tianjin Flights
Fastest flight time29h 10m
Cheapest price£4,380
Newcastle upon Tyne to Dalian Flights
Fastest flight time42h 00m
Cheapest price£1,799
Manchester to Shanghai Flights
Fastest flight time26h 40m
Cheapest price£1,435

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