Cheap Flights to China

China overview

Few countries in the world have a culture as rich and distinct as China, and even fewer destinations offer a travel experience than the one on offer in captivating China! Visitors can choose to explore the booming Beijing or Hong Kong, or they can tone things down with a more authentic experience found in the more western parts of the country.  China is colossal, fiercely foreign, and dizzying at times, but there’s no denying that it is a destination that dazzles, thrills, and captivates the hearts and souls of travelers from all walks of life.

When is the best time to fly to China?

Peak season:

Finding cheap flights to China can be a bit of a challenge since the country hosts an abundance of cultural and religious festivals throughout the year. Generally speaking, the busiest tourist months in China span from October through December, when the weather is hot and dry. If you’re considering visiting China during the peak season, keep in mind that you’ll have to make your arrangements quite a few months in advance if you want to avoid overpaying on late bookings.

Off season:

Depending on where exactly in China you want to go, the off season might not be the same in one part of the country as it is in another. There is a general rule of thumb that applies to finding cheap flights to China, however, and it states that the best deals are made during China’s winter months (which span from end-December through end-March). Spring (between the months of March and June) and autumn (late September through end November) are also great shoulder seasons to find discounted flights to China since this is when you’ll be able to enjoy thinner crowds and discounted accommodation rates that come hand-in-hand with the pleasantly mild weather conditions.

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

Again, finding the perfect time to book a flight to China may not be a single solution, this will greatly vary depending on what region you plan on visiting. Wherever it is you’re going to, make sure that you have booked your flight tickets at least four months before actually flying to China as this will help ensure you don’t overpay for late bookings. Being flexible with your travel dates is an important factor which will help you find the cheapest flights to China, regardless of what time of the year you plan on visiting the country.


How long is the flight to China?

Johannesburg to Hong Kong  12 hours, 50 minutes
Johannesburg to Shanghai      16 hours

Which airlines operate flights to China?

Among the most popular airlines operating cheap flights to and from China are Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, South African Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Air France. Since the trip to China is very long, airlines tend to be very competitive with the rate of their flight tickets and finding a cheap flight to China might be a lot easier said than done. Keep in mind that for a slightly higher charge on airfare, you may be able to secure much more onboard comfort, which is essential during an extended flight. Be sure to measure up the packages on offer from each airline before making a call and deciding which carrier to use for your trip to China.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

Hong Kong

The quickest and easiest way to get from the airport in Hong Kong to the city center is to use the Airport Express. The bus departs every 10 minutes from the airport and will get you to the city in roughly 25 minutes. You can also take a taxi outside the airport, but they are much more expensive than the airport bus.


There are quite a few buses which operate routes between the Shanghai airport and the city, but if you’re fussy about your space, this might not be an ideal choice since the buses are often crowded. Alternatively, you can make use of the train, which should get you to the city center in about 8 minutes. Finally, visitors can also make use of the taxis parked outside of the arrival terminals, although they might not be as widely available as the train or bus services.

China insider information

  • For some serious shopping therapy and a vibrant nightlife scene, pay a visit to Hong Kong Island, a mere bus ride away from the central city lands you in this destination with its unusual mix of Western and Asian cultures.
  • Make sure you get around to seeing Beijing, China’s capital which is home to some all-star attractions such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, parts of the Great Wall of China, and the lovely Summer Palace.
  • History buffs have to make their way to Xi’an, the ancient imperial capital of China. On show here are sites such as the Goose Pagodas, the Bell and Drum Towers, Ming City Walls, and the famed Terra Cotta Warriors!

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How much do things cost in China?

Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 10.69
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
R 27.48
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
R 3.72
Cheap meal
R 36.64
Bottle of wine
R 164.86
Petrol (1 litre)
R 12.09
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
R 14348.85
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
R 36.64
Taxi - fixed fee
R 25.64
1 km taxi journey
R 4.58
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 7.33
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1211.71
3 course meal for 2
R 274.77
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
R 21.20
Pair of Nike shoes
R 961.55
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
R 24.73

International departures to China