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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, 13% potential price rise
Cheapest inMarchBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average priceHK$1,362Average for round-trip flights in September 2021
Round-trip fromHK$950From Hong Kong Intl to Shanghai
One-way fromHK$78One-way flight from Hong Kong Intl (HKG) to Shanghai

Cheap flights to Shanghai in September, October 2021

The best prices found for PVG flights for September, October
28 Oct - 4 Nov
HK$1,417pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
23 Oct - 18 Nov
HK$1,463pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
28 Oct - 4 Nov
HK$1,471pp
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
11 Dec - 19 Dec
HK$1,090pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
Multiple airlines
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Shanghai Airlines
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
28 Oct - 4 Nov
HK$1,417pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
23 Oct - 18 Nov
HK$1,463pp
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
7 Oct - 7 Jan
HK$1,954pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
China Eastern
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
6 Oct - 6 Jan
HK$2,024pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
Hong Kong Airlines
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Hong Kong Airlines
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
5 Oct - 9 Oct
HK$2,475pp
HKG
Hong Kong Intl
Multiple airlines
Direct
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
China Eastern
Direct
HKG
Hong Kong Intl

Cheapest prices for Shanghai flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Shanghai found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
HK$1,206
February
HK$1,666
March
HK$1,354
April
HK$1,502
May
HK$1,479
June
HK$1,518
July
HK$1,526
August
HK$1,323
September
HK$1,292
October
HK$1,160
November
HK$1,199
December
HK$1,066
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to Shanghai is currently December; with February being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to Shanghai?

Average Shanghai flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
HKG - CN2
Price
HK$1,046 - HK$2,424
CN2
Temperature
8 - 32 °C
CN2
Precipitation
4 - 44 mm
Flying to Shanghai in October is usually considered the best time to fly. However, you will find other deals are always available year round. July tends to be the warmest period in Shanghai so if you are looking for sun or warmer climates then look to fly around this time. August is the wettest if you need to factor this in to your plans.

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

To ensure you get the cheapest price possible for a flight to Shanghai, you should look to book at least 55 days in advance of your intended travel date. The price of your flight may increase if you delay and leave booking until a week or so before departure.

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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