Cheap flights to Shanghai

Flights to Shanghai in 2022

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, 42% potential price rise
Cheapest inMarchBest time to find cheap flights, 13% potential price drop
Average price$846Average for return flights in January 2022
Return from$1,285From Sydney Kingsford Smith to Shanghai
One-way from$459One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) to Shanghai

Cheap flights to Shanghai in January, February 2022

The best prices found for CN2 flights for January, February
22 Jan. - 29 Jan.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

1 stop

19h 00m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

2 stops

28h 55m
$2,127

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 20-1-22

12 Feb. - 19 Feb.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

3 stops

32h 55m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

3 stops

46h 15m
$2,614

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 18-1-22

12 Feb. - 19 Feb.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

1 stop

21h 20m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

3 stops

46h 15m
$2,774

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 18-1-22

Shanghai 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Shanghai found for this year
8 Jun. - 8 Dec.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

1 stop

21h 10m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

17h 25m
$1,285

Air New Zealand

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Deal found 18-1-22

27 Aug. - 29 Oct.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

1 stop

21h 10m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

17h 25m
$1,364

Air New Zealand

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Deal found 20-1-22

5 Sep. - 19 Sep.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

1 stop

21h 10m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

16h 25m
$1,390

Air New Zealand

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Deal found 18-1-22

Last minute flights to Shanghai

Late deals on return flights to Shanghai, departing today and this week
29 Jan. - 26 Feb.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

3 stops

31h 55m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

2 stops

29h 35m
$3,179

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 18-1-22

27 Jan. - 4 Feb.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

SHA

Shanghai Hongqiao Intl

2 stops

28h 25m
SHA

Shanghai Hongqiao Intl

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

3 stops

29h 55m
$3,244

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 20-1-22

27 Jan. - 4 Feb.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

SHA

Shanghai Hongqiao Intl

3 stops

38h 10m
SHA

Shanghai Hongqiao Intl

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

3 stops

29h 55m
$3,298

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 20-1-22

Can I fly to Shanghai from Australia right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from Australia to Shanghai

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

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

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

Documents
Health Declaration Form - Must be presented upon arrival


Can I fly back to Australia from Shanghai?

Returning to Australia from Shanghai

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

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

What is the cheapest month to fly to Shanghai?

The cheapest ticket to Shanghai found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

$731

February

$565

March

$502

April

$538

May

$556

June

$612

July

$652

August

$551

September

$622

October

$462

November

$468

December

$838

Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Shanghai is October. 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 Shanghai?

Average Shanghai flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month

SYD - CN2

Price

$560 - $1,363

CN2

Temperature

4 - 28 °C

CN2

Precipitation

30 - 170 mm

The best time to fly to Shanghai is during November, but great deals can be found at other times. July sees the temperatures in Shanghai peak to their warmest. June tends, on average, to see the most amount of rainfall.

When to fly

Although the temperatures are high throughout the summer, many people book flights to Shanghai between May and November. Labour Day which is May 1 is a particularly busy time. This is also known as International Workers’ Day and is associated with the start of spring. Expect the city to be very crowded during this public holiday. Other peak times usually occur around National Day (October 1) and Chinese New Year (January or February, the exact date depends upon the lunar calendar). The atmosphere in Shanghai during the Chinese New Year celebrations is electric. A number of events take place across the city, including a number of lantern shows. The most popular is at Yu Garden. Fairs also take place, in particular Guqi Garden New Year Fair which has a whole host of traditional Chinese festivities, including lion and dragon dances, lantern shows and children’s activities.

If you are looking for cheap flights to Shanghai and are happy to brave the colder weather, the months of December, January and February are the best. Although do consider that Chinese New Year falls during this period and Shanghai will be teeming with people. You may also be able to find cheaper flights to Shanghai and lower hotel rates during the shoulder season months of March and April.

City overview

Once upon a time, the Huangpu River, which divides Shanghai into east (Pudong) and west (Puxi), was the centre of the opium trade. Today, it is the largest city in China. Millions of people from around the world take flights to Shanghai each year to visit or do business.

Take a flight to Shanghai and visit Pudong, the ultra-modern financial hub. It was a farmland less than 20 years ago, but its skyline now is futuristic, dominated by the colourful Pearl TV Tower, the Jinmao Tower and the World Financial Centre Tower.

In contrast, Puxi is the older part of Shanghai. It boasts the Bund riverfront park (there are more than 50 historic buildings in different architectural styles – British, French, Russian, German, American), the French Concession Area, Yu Yuan Garden in the Old Town and swanky haute couture shops.

Despite its overt bow to commercialism, the city also features many traditional Chinese treasures, some of which can be seen at the Shanghai Museum. Vast collections of jade artefacts, traditional costumes and furniture are all on display.

Shanghai climate

The climate in Shanghai is humid subtropical. Summer temperatures can soar to the mid-30s with 80 per cent humidity, which can be off putting to some travellers. Similarly, the damp and chilly climate during winter discourages many visitors from booking flights to Shanghai during this period. December and January temperatures can hover around the freezing mark, but snow is rare. The most temperate seasons are spring, although it’s sometimes rainy with unpredictable temperatures, and autumn, which is mostly dry and sunny. In May and October the temperature is very comfortable, usually in the teens and 20s. Typhoons can be a risk during summer and the beginning of autumn.

Getting around Shanghai

The roads are crowded, and, thanks to Shanghai’s superb public-transport network and cheap taxis, there’s no need to even think about renting a car. The public transport system covers metro, buses and trolleybuses. Pick up a Shanghai Public Transportation Card if you are staying for a few days. It can be used on all modes of public transport including the ferries that connect Pudong with Puxi. Several parts of Shanghai, the Bund for example, can be explored on foot. There are also biking tours.

how to get from the Airport to the City

From Pudong international airport (PVG), there are buses and taxis, but the best way to get downtown is by Maglev train. The 30 km trip takes just seven minutes. 

There are also buses and taxis from Hongqiao Airport (SHA). Or, take a bus or taxi to Songhong Rd. Station and catch the subway to the city centre there.

What is good to know if travelling to Shanghai?

Things to do in shanghai

  • The Lu Jia Bang Road market has tailors who will run you up a new wardrobe in a couple of days. 
  • The Jade Buddha Temple, built in 1882, and then rebuilt in 1928 after a fire, houses two Burmese jade Buddha statues. 
  • The Confucius Temple also offers a quiet space away from the city hustle and bustle. 
  • Yu Yuan Garden, the Garden of Leisurely Repose, was built by a wealthy official in the late 1500s to please his parents. It’s a charming example of a China garden with pavilions, bridges, rockeries and fish ponds. 
  • Fuxing Park is the only French-style park in Shanghai. It was called Gujiazhai Park before the French bought it (in 1900) to station armies. There is a statue of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, sharing one body. It’s a popular place to practice Tai Chi early in the mornings.