Cheap flights to Shanghai

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14 nights in Shanghai, departing London Gatwick on 08 / Jan / 2019 with China Eastern Airlines (price found 46 hours ago)

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Cheap flights to Shanghai, China’s largest city, are often in high demand. And it is easy to see why; this cosmopolitan city has it all. Split into two distinct halves by the Huangpu River, modern Pudong is on the one side facing Puxi, with its reminders of Imperial times and Old Shanghai. Search with Netflights to grab the best deals on Shanghai flights with all major airlines.

Shanghai flight facts what you need to know

How to land a low priced flight to Shanghai booking advice, visa information and airports and airlines tips

Find some greenery

Take some time out in the Yuyuan Gardens with their classic Chinese landscaping and beautiful architecture. Here you can truly get away from the hustle and bustle whilst still in the city. Nearby is a busy shopping area – so you’re still not too far from civilization. If you are lucky enough to visit during Chinese New Year, you can watch the amazing lantern festival from here.

Modern splendour

Fans of the modern will be delighted with the luxurious new shopping malls filled with designer flagship stores, will adore checking in at the swanky hotels, and enjoying fine dining at celebrity restaurants. This is the place to reward yourself for finding those cheap flights to Shanghai by having a little shopping spree whilst site-seeing.

Imperial past

Historians and romantics alike will be enchanted with well-preserved Old Shanghai. Walk along the Bund with its neo-classical Embassies and Banks, facing the riverside with its elegant promenade. Make your way into the heart of Puxi to discover Old Shanghai and its unmistakeable architecture and narrow streets.

When to go

Peak holiday season in Shanghai are the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn, so search for direct flights in the summer or the winter to get the best prices. Last-minute flights are more frequently found in the summer months.
Shanghai’s subtropical monsoon climate means that the summers can be hot and wet, and the winters can be cold. To make the most of the weather, the best time to book those return flights to Shanghai is either from March to May, or from October to November.
A visit to Shanghai in Spring, for the beauty of the Yuyuan gardens alone is more than worth the money. Alternatively, keep those eyes peeled for last-minute flights around the Chinese New Year and catch a glimpse of the lantern festival – where else would be better to celebrate.

Airports and airlines

The main airport serving Shanghai is Pu Dong. Search for flights to this airport with Netflights to ensure that you know you are getting the best deal on your Shanghai flights in 2018 / 2019. Try being flexible with your travel plans: midweek flights are often cheaper. Don’t rule out indirect flights either, there may be a hidden deal lurking if you don’t mind a stopover.

Shanghai Pu Dong Airport

Located 20 miles from the city, Pu Dong airport has three runways and two passenger terminals. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and China Eastern Airlines all provide direct flights to Shanghai from Heathrow. Alternatively, indirect flights may often prove cheaper and are more flexible in terms of your departure airport from the UK. View more flights to Shanghai Pu Dong airport.

Getting around the airport

There are two passenger terminals at Pudong Airport, and each is flanked by four runways. To cope with the high level of passenger traffic that passes through Shanghai airport daily, purpose built highways connect the two terminals, and you can ride a free shuttle bus between the two. As a result, and despite its huge size, getting around Pu Dong airport is surprisingly easy.

Getting to the city from the airport

Shanghai Pudong Airport is well connected to the city. Choose from taking a convenient shuttle bus to the city centre, hopping on a very affordable and very frequent Maglev Train to Longyang Road, or take the Metro Line 2 into the centre. Whilst taxis are readily available, they are much more expensive than the reliable and budget-friendly public transport network.

Don't forget before you fly

If your stay in Shanghai is longer than 144 hours (6 days), you will need to apply for a visa, and ensure that you have return flights or onwards flights booked. Contact the Chinese Embassy or the China Visa Application Service Centre in good time before your flights to Shanghai for advice and guidance.
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