Cheap flights to Chengdu

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Flights to Chengdu in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inJulyHigh demand for flights, 48% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 16% potential price drop
Average price$1,251Average for return flights in December 2021
Return from$6,985From Sydney Kingsford Smith to Chengdu
One-way from$1,654One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) to Chengdu (CTU)

Cheap flights to Chengdu in December, January 2021

The best prices found for CTU flights for December, January
1 Jan. - 15 Jan.

Sydney Kingsford Smith



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25h 00m



Sydney Kingsford Smith

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18h 40m

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Deal found 2/12/21

1 Jan. - 15 Jan.

Sydney Kingsford Smith



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36h 15m



Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

18h 40m

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 2/12/21

Can I fly to Chengdu from Australia right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from Australia to Chengdu

Most visitors from Australia will not be allowed to enter Chengdu.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Australia must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 48 hours before departing to Chengdu.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Australia are not required to quarantine after entering Chengdu.

Health Declaration Form - Must be presented upon arrival

Can I fly back to Australia from Chengdu?

Returning to Australia from Chengdu

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Chengdu must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Australia.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Chengdu are not required to quarantine after entering Australia.

What is the cheapest month to fly to Chengdu?

The cheapest ticket to Chengdu found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

























Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Chengdu is May. The most expensive month for flights is December. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to Chengdu?

Average Chengdu flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month



$477 - $1,323



6 - 25 °C



0 - 250 mm

The best time to fly to Chengdu is during July, but great deals can be found at other times. July tends to be the warmest period in Chengdu 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 Chengdu?

The best time to book flights to Chengdu is 42 days before your desired departure date. The cost of your flight will likely increase significantly if you book two weeks in advance of your flight.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Chengdu?

The cheapest flights to Chengdu are usually found when departing on a Monday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Thursday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Chengdu?

At the moment, flights at midday are likely to offer the best value for money for your Chengdu trip. A flight in the morning will more often than not be of higher cost.

When to fly

Chengdu is generally mild and humid, although the climate is monsoon-influenced which means the city does experiences some rainfall.

Winter, from December through February, sees temperature in the single digits, going up to just over 10 degrees Celsius. This can be a pleasant time to visit. If you don`t mind the cold then you can find cheap flights to Chengdu, as these are the months with the least rainfall.

The summer months of June to August experience temperatures up to the high 20s and an increase in rainfall, particularly in July. These conditions can be off putting for some tourists and you should keep the weather in mind when packing.

In terms of the weather, the ideal times to visit the city are from March to May and September to November. Temperatures are much more pleasant during these months, ranging from just under 10 degrees to the mid-20s and although there is some rain, particularly in May and September, it is significantly less than in the summer.

If you wish to experience Chengdu during the magical atmosphere of one of its festivals, then you will be spoilt for choice, as a number of events take place all through the year. The Lantern Festival officially ends the Lunar New Year celebrations, with a bright and colourful display of lanterns which illuminate parks, as well as traditional folk dancing and acrobatic performances. Around a million visitors descend onto the city for this celebration which takes place around January/February. Finding cheap flights to Chengdu for this period might be difficult. A number of other festivals also take place which are focused on beautiful flowers. This includes the Chengdu International Peach Blossom Festival (March), Xindu Lotus Festival (June/August) and Tianpeng Peony Fair (April).

Why visit

The capital of the Sichuan province and one of China’s most populous cities, Chengdu has a remarkably laid-back atmosphere considering its size. Although the centre of the city is a continuous hive of activity, Chengdu is often referred to as the ‘Land of Milk and Honey’, due to its wealth of green spaces and agricultural heritage. Indeed, the city is located on the edge of the richly fertile plains of the Sichuan Red Basin. 

With Sichuan being one of only three provinces in China where pandas can be found in the wild, many visitors take cheap flights to Chengdu just to encounter the world’s most adored animal species. Located just a short distance from the city centre, the Giant Panda Research Base is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. Home to over 50 giant pandas, the base is best visited during the morning as this is the time when the inhabitants are most active. Back in the centre of the city, there are a number of attractions which appeal to those who have an interest in Chinese history. The Wenshu Temple is the largest Buddhist place of worship in the city and enjoys a serene atmosphere all of its own. This wonderfully peaceful temple is situated in one of the city’s older neighbourhoods, featuring narrow streets which are lined with shops, food stalls and tea-houses.

To experience the more modern side of the city, the place to head for is Chunxi Road. This vibrant area is home to a wealth of brand name stores, cinemas and restaurants serving all manner of international cuisine.    

Getting around Chengdu

Like most major cities in China, the roads in Chengdu are often incredibly busy. The network of buses in the city is extensive and exact fares are required to board as change is not given. As with the airport, taxis in the city are either green or blue but be aware that most of the drivers do not speak English.

Getting to the city from the airport

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) is one of the busiest airports in China and is located approximately 20 km from the city centre. If you fly to Chengdu Airport an express bus service leaves from outside the main terminal building at regular intervals throughout the day. Official taxis are either coloured green and yellow or blue and yellow and are all metered.  

What airport do you fly into for flights to Chengdu?

Booking a flight to Chengdu (CTU) is your only option if you intend on flying to Chengdu. It is only a 15.1 km journey from Chengdu to Chengdu’s city centre.