Cheap Flights to Shanghai

Shanghai photo

Shanghai overview

As China’s largest city, Shanghai is considered the manufactural hub of the Chinese economy, but there’s much more to it than just industrial activities. Think along the lines of the famed Yu Yuan Garden, the Jing’An Sculpture Park, and the Power Station of Art…things quickly start to look a lot more contemporary.

Home to the world’s second tallest skyscraper, some of the best shopping opportunities in the world, and some of the most extravagant Chinese New Year Celebrations, Shanghai offers a little something for everyone, and it might just steal your heart for good!

When is the best time to fly toShanghai?

Peak season:

The peak season for touristic activities in Shanghai tends to fall between May and November, although flying to Shanghai during this time might not be the cheapest and might leave you feeling overwhelmed by the large crowds who flock here for the Chinese festivals.

Off season:

December through February is Shanghai’s off season, and the colder winter weather ushers in much thinner crowds and may also see you finding cheaper flight prices. March and April are the shoulder months for travel in Shanghai, which might mean that you’ll be able to find the lowest rates on both accommodation and flight prices.

When is the best time to book a flight toShanghai?

The best time to book a flight to Shanghai might be between March and May, as long as you’re avoiding the Easter peak period. You may also want to consider booking a cheap flight to Shanghai from late September to early November, but hotel rates might be a little more expensive during this time of the year. If you’re not into crowds, try and avoid the Chinese New Year (late January or early February), May Holidays (during the first week of May), and National Day (which falls on the first week of October every year) since tourist attractions are crammed full on these days. Whichever dates you pick for your flight to Shanghai, make sure you book them well in advance to avoid any late booking penalties.

How long is the flight toShanghai?

Johannesburg to Shanghai      16 hours
Durban to Shanghai                18 hours, 40 minutes
Cape Town to Shanghai          18 hours, 45 minutes

Which airlines operate flights toShanghai?

Air Mauritius, Kiwi International Airlines, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, China Eastern, and Jetstra Airways are among the major airlines operating cheap flights to and from Shanghai. While some of these airlines might offer you a cheaper flight ticket which better suits your budget, they might not offer the comfort you’ll require for a long flight. Airlines such as British Airways might be able to provide you with great comfort at a reasonable price, but whichever airline you decide to fly with, just make sure you book your tickets well in advance to get the cheapest fair prices to Shanghai!

How to get from the airport to the city center?

When flying to Shanghai from South Africa you’ll either arrive at Shanghai Honh Oiao International Airport (SHA), or Pudong International Airport (PVG). SHA is closer to the city center than PVG, but getting to the city from the airport is relatively easy regardless of where you touch down. You can take the public bus which runs to the People’s Square and main railway station, but you can also write your hotel address down on a piece of paper and hand it to one of the taxi drivers outside of the airport, who will be able to get you to your destination quicker than the bus services.

Shanghai insider information

  • Travelers on a spiritual journey might find peace when visiting the Jade Buddha Temple or The Confucius Temple, which both offer a quite escape away from the bustling crowds of the city.
  • For a real Chinese garden experience, head down to the Yu Yuan Garden, also known as the Garden of Leisurely Repose, complete with its rockeries, goldfish ponds, pavilions, and pretty bridges.
  • If you feel like getting out of the city, why not pay a visit to the Zhujiajiao Water Town on the Dianpu River? It’s pretty much the Venice of Shanghai and can be explored by hiring a bicycle at the town gates or renting a boat.
  • Tourists looking to get their fix of retail therapy should head over to Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s most popular shopping street. On offer here, you’ll find everything and anything, ranging from Chinese-themed souvenirs to up-market boutiques selling arts and crafts.

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How much do things cost in Shanghai?

One-way ticket (local transport)
R 7.31
Taxi - fixed fee
R 25.59
Petrol (1 litre)
R 12.30
1 km taxi journey
R 4.57
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1221.25
Pair of jeans
R 944.44
Cheap meal
R 54.84
3 course meal for 2
R 365.59
R 52.33
1 litre of milk
R 29.05
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
R 36.56
How much does a beer cost in Shanghai?
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
R 29
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
R 46
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 12
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
R 27

International departures to Shanghai