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Flights to Shanghai in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inAugustHigh demand for flights, 12% potential price rise
Cheapest inMarchBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average priceHK$1,778Average for round-trip flights in June 2021
Round-trip fromHK$1,320From Hong Kong Intl to Shanghai
One-way fromHK$78One-way flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai

Cheap flights to Shanghai in June, July 2021

The best prices found for PVG flights for June, July
22 Jul - 29 Jul
HK$1,833pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
Hong Kong Airlines
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Hong Kong Airlines
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
15 Jul - 19 Jul
HK$2,104pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
10 Jul - 26 Aug
HK$2,236pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl

Shanghai 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Shanghai found for this year
4 Nov - 25 Nov
HK$1,343pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
1 Dec - 17 Dec
HK$1,367pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
1 Nov - 4 Nov
HK$1,375pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl

Last minute flights to Shanghai

Late deals on return flights to Shanghai, departing today and this week
1 Jul - 9 Aug
HK$2,268pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
2 Jul - 5 Jul
HK$2,990pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
Cathay Pacific
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Cathay Pacific
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
30 Jun - 3 Jul
HK$3,883pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
Multiple airlines
 
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PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl

When is the best time to book a flight to Shanghai?

Booking 45 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to Shanghai. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Shanghai?

The cheapest day to fly to Shanghai is usually Tuesday. At the moment, Sunday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Shanghai?

Shanghai flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight at midday. Booking a flight in the afternoon will likely mean higher prices.

Shanghai is China’s largest city with about 23 million residents. Although it is considered the engine room of the Chinese economy, this is no dry destination. In the past, the river Huangpu, which divides Shanghai into east (Pudong) and west (Puxi) was centre of the opium trade and its nickname was “whore of the Orient”.

Pudong is the ultra-modern financial hub. The Pearl TV Tower stands 468 metres high and double-decker elevators whiz up at seven metres per second. Puxi boasts the Bund riverfront park, more than 50 beautiful buildings in different architectural styles, Yu Yuan Garden and swanky shops including Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.

If your yuan doesn’t stretch to haute couture, the Lu Jia Bang Road market has tailors in residence who will run you up a new wardrobe in a couple of days.

Shanghai is the only Chinese city with two international airports – Pudong and Hongqiao. Pudong International is the airport at which most (about 60 per cent) of the increasingly cheap flights to Shanghai arrive, while Hongqiao handles the remainder. International flights to Shanghai arrive from London and other world cities and there are domestic flights to Beijing, Guangzhou and other cities around China.

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Shanghai climate

Summer in Shanghai can be quite uncomfortable. July and August temperatures can reach the mid-30s (Celsius) with 80 per cent humidity. Winter is damp and chilly with December and January temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, but it rarely snows. Temperatures in May and October are in the teens and 20s. Spring has more rain than autumn, but an occasional typhoon can hit during these months.

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When is the best time to fly to Shanghai?

Peak Season:

May through October, Shanghai is busy with tourists and business visitors. In May and October you must make reservations and book Shanghai flights far in advance as the city is also busy with conventions.

The busiest time is the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), when the Chinese and visitors to China are on the move. The holiday season starts two weeks before the New Year and continues for two weeks afterwards. The New Year is in January or February (the date is based on a lunar calendar).

Labour Day (May 1) and National Day (October 1) are also big holiday weeks for the Chinese.

Off Season:

Late March and late October into early November have fewer crowds and the weather is neither steamy hot nor cold and damp. Few people visit during winter, with the notable exception of the Chinese New Year.

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Getting around Shanghai

Most visitors choose to take a taxi in Shanghai. Not only are they easy to find, but they’re cheap too. Just keep an eye out for the primary-coloured Volkswagen cabs and flag one down. You’ll find that the smaller, older cars tend to be cheaper, and they all have meters. 

The subway is the best public transport option. It’s inexpensive. Public buses are very crowded and can be confusing for visitors. 

The adventurous traveller might want to rent a bike. There are plenty of well-defined bike lanes, but it can be a bit scary with all the traffic. Stick with the other bikes when crossing a street or intersection. 

Heading out on foot is a great way to soak up the local colour. Between the pedestrians, motorists, scooters and cyclists, streets can be very crowded; be aware of your surroundings. Jaywalking can be dangerous and is frowned upon anyway. 

Tourists are allowed to rent cars for use inside the city limits.

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