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Cheap flights to Shanghai from £364

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Summary info about Shanghai flight prices, duration and airlines

Best One-Way Price

£253

Best Round-Trip Price

£364

Fastest flight time

16h 20m

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5 airlines
The best one-way flight price to Shanghai from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours is £253 (London Gatwick to Shanghai Pu Dong).
The best round-trip flight price to Shanghai from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours is £364 (London Gatwick to Shanghai Pu Dong).
The fastest flight to Shanghai from United Kingdom takes 16h 20m (London Heathrow to Shanghai Hongqiao Intl).
There are 5 airlines operating flights to Shanghai, including KLM, China Southern and Tianjin Airlines.

Shanghai flights insights and trends

Explore insights for your Shanghai flight to craft the best travel plan

What is the cheapest month to fly to Shanghai?

The month of November is, on average, the cheapest month to fly to Shanghai from United Kingdom, with most prices found around £397. If you don’t want to visit Shanghai in November, then you should wait until January to fly from United Kingdom, when ticket prices are also cheap, with an average price of £472.

What is the absolute cheapest flight to Shanghai?

£79 is the cheapest deal found on momondo in the last two weeks for a flight to Shanghai. This flight is from Guangzhou and is 75% cheaper than most flights to Shanghai. To find the cheapest price to Shanghai from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
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What is the cheapest day to depart on your flight to Shanghai?

On average, the least expensive day to fly to Shanghai from United Kingdom is on a Wednesday. momondo users have found tickets for Wednesday departures for as low as £467. However, this price may fluctuate depending on the airline, the season, and holidays. Be sure to avoid booking your departure on a Saturday as prices are generally higher than usual. According to our data, the average ticket price to Shanghai on Saturday is £552.

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

According to our data, the cheapest time of day to fly to Shanghai is at midday. momondo users have found flights departing from United Kingdom to Shanghai at midday for as low as £482. Keep in mind that these prices may fluctuate based on what airline you choose and the time of year you plan to travel. In the evening is when there is more demand to fly to Shanghai, so prices are often more expensive at around £577 per ticket.

How long does it take to fly to Shanghai?

If you’re flying from a popular airport in United Kingdom, such as London Heathrow or Manchester, and flying into the most popular airport in Shanghai (Shanghai Hongqiao Intl), then you can expect flight times to average 11h 20m and 11h 25m, respectively.

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

The ideal time to book your flight to Shanghai is 28 days in advance, when prices tend to average £633. However, flight prices might be lower outside of this timeframe. For example, people recently found flights to Shanghai from United Kingdom for as low as £373 on momondo.

Cheapest flights to Shanghai airports

Find the cheapest flights to these Shanghai airports from your nearest city or airport
London Heathrow Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl Airport

CHEAPEST ROUTE FROM London TO Shanghai

London (LON) to Shanghai Pu Dong Airport (PVG)

Typically, flights to Shanghai from London are cheaper when flying from London to Shanghai Pu Dong, which has an average price of £633

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO SHANGHAI FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTNovember36% cheaperFlying from London Heathrow Airport to Shanghai costs on average just £414 in November
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO SHANGHAI FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTJuly42% more expensiveIt costs about £914 for flights to Shanghai from London Heathrow Airport in July
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO SHANGHAI FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTMay819% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Shanghai from London Heathrow Airport in May than any other month

Frequently asked questions about flying to Shanghai

How long does it take to fly to Shanghai, China?

Flights to Shanghai, China, from the UK, can take between 11 and 15 hours depending on where you fly from and the duration of any stops en route. It is possible to fly to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, from London Heathrow in just over 11 hours. You can also find flights to Shanghai from Manchester airport that will get you to your destination in around 13 hours including one stopover. Flights from Birmingham airport to Shanghai also take around 13 hours and include a single stop.

Where can you fly directly into Shanghai from?

It is possible to fly directly from London Heathrow to Shanghai airport. However, most other routes from the UK will involve one stopover. When you fly from Manchester or Birmingham Airport to Shanghai, you will likely stopover in Amsterdam during your trip. Meanwhile, cheap Shanghai flight deals from Edinburgh Airport will usually require you to change planes at Heathrow before flying directly on to China.

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. Shopping centres like Cloud Nine Plaza are very popular destinations for those visiting the Shanghai area. Cloud Nine Plaza is a great place to go if you’re looking to spend some time inside.

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 centre), Wuxi Airport (66 mi from Shanghai city centre), Nantong Airport (67 mi from Shanghai city centre) or Hangzhou Airport (93 mi from Shanghai city centre).

Is there a cheaper alternative to flying into Shanghai?

The cheapest airport near Shanghai is typically Nantong Airport, with an average price of £118/person. These prices vary based on where travellers are coming from. It is suggested that travellers looking to save money try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.

Are there flights to Minhang?

Yes, flights to Minhang are served by Shanghai’s Shanghai Hongqiao Intl airport which is 7.4 mi away.

What’s the closest airport to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station?

The airport which is nearest to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is Shanghai Hongqiao Intl. It is 0.9 mi away and is in Shanghai.

When did momondo last update prices for flights to Shanghai?

Prices for flights to Shanghai were last updated today.

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How old do you have to be to fly to Shanghai?

The minimum age a child must be to fly alone is five but airlines that offer an unaccompanied minor (UNMR) service will have their own age restrictions, including rules around flight length, timings, and stopovers. We always recommend checking with the individual airline you are booking with to travel to Shanghai.

What documentation or ID do you need to fly to Shanghai?

The necessary travel and health documents for your Shanghai trip may vary depending on your travel plans and individual circumstances. Generally, you should have various documents, such as a national ID card or driver's license and a passport that is valid for six months beyond your scheduled arrival date. We recommend seeking advice from your airline or a trusted third party, such as IATA.


Shanghai flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United Kingdom to Shanghai found recently by users on momondo
China Southern
21 May
LGW21:20London Gatwick
30h 05m
1 stop
PVG10:25Shanghai Pu Dong
10 Jun
PVG22:05Shanghai Pu Dong
27h 25m
1 stop
LGW18:30London Gatwick
China Southern
21 May
LGW21:20London Gatwick
30h 05m
1 stop
PVG10:25Shanghai Pu Dong
10 Jun
PVG22:05Shanghai Pu Dong
27h 25m
1 stop
LGW18:30London Gatwick
China Southern
21 May
LGW21:20London Gatwick
30h 05m
1 stop
PVG10:25Shanghai Pu Dong
10 Jun
PVG18:45Shanghai Pu Dong
30h 45m
1 stop
LGW18:30London Gatwick
China Southern
7 May
LGW21:20London Gatwick
30h 05m
1 stop
PVG10:25Shanghai Pu Dong
17 May
PVG18:45Shanghai Pu Dong
30h 35m
1 stop
LGW18:20London Gatwick
China Southern
28 May
LGW21:20London Gatwick
16h 40m
1 stop
PVG21:00Shanghai Pu Dong
3 Jun
PVG22:05Shanghai Pu Dong
27h 25m
1 stop
LGW18:30London Gatwick
China Southern
18 May
LHR22:10London Heathrow
19h 10m
1 stop
PVG00:20Shanghai Pu Dong
8 Jun
PVG18:05Shanghai Pu Dong
29h 10m
1 stop
LHR16:15London Heathrow

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Shanghai

If you're looking for one-way flights from United Kingdom to Shanghai, view some of our deals below provided by China Southern and Shenzhen Airlines
China Southern
20 Apr
LGW21:20London Gatwick
30h 05m
1 stop
PVG10:25Shanghai Pu Dong
China Southern
20 Apr
LGW21:20London Gatwick
16h 40m
1 stop
PVG21:00Shanghai Pu Dong
China Southern
18 May
LGW21:20London Gatwick
16h 40m
1 stop
PVG21:00Shanghai Pu Dong

Visa requirements for visiting Shanghai

What passport or visa requirements are there when visiting Shanghai?

British nationals usually require a visa to visit China. Visa applicants (ages 14-70) need to apply in person at a Visa Application Centre because biometric data (scanned fingerprints) will need to be provided. This data may then be checked by the authorities when entering China to register your entry into the country. If you intend to transit goods while in China, visa waivers can be made in certain places. Take a look at the Visa Application Service Centre website to find out more.


Best things to do and see in Shanghai

What can you see and do in Shanghai?

In winter, Shanghai can be bitterly cold so wrap up warm. Take a trip to the Oriental Pearl with its spinning restaurant and transparent floor observation. Why not take a day trip to Zhujiajiao Water Town, known as the Venice of Shanghai, with its wonderful waterways, bridges, streets and buildings dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties? In summer, when the weather is warmer, you can enjoy the Ming Dynasty Garden with its colourful pagodas and dragon decorations. The Shanghai Tower is a popular place to admire a view of the city. You can enjoy the exhibits at Shanghai Museum and marvel at the ancient ceramics, ancient bronzes and ancient sculptures. There are plenty of wonderful places to shop, such as in Tianzifang and Nanjing Road. Tianzifang is popular for its tea culture and Nanjing Road has retailers from all over the world.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to find a flight deal to Shanghai?

momondo collates all your flight options in one place and lets you filter them to find the perfect flight to Shanghai. momondo saves you time and could save you money on your trip.

Can I find flights to Shanghai with flexible booking policies on momondo?

Yes. momondo allows you to filter the results for flights to Shanghai to just show those with flexible booking policies.

How can momondo help me find flights to Shanghai?

momondo offers useful filters to help you find the right flight. Choose specific flight times, airports or even what payment method you prefer. We have numerous options to help you book your ideal flight to Shanghai.

I’m not ready to book a flight to Shanghai right now. Can momondo alert me if prices change?

If you are not ready to book a flight to Shanghai now, use our insights above to find helpful tips or alternatively set up a price alert; this is where momondo will track prices on flights to Shanghai and let you know when they change.


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