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Flights to Shanghai in 2022

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Popular inAugustHigh demand for flights, 16% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average priceRM 3,126Average for return flights in December 2022
Return fromRM 2,498From Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai
One-way fromRM 1,262One-way flight from Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai

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Cheap flights to Shanghai, Shanghai
1 Jan - 8 Jan
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

Nonstop

5h 20m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

2 stops

23h 05m
RM 2,511

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 6/12

1 Jan - 8 Jan
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

Nonstop

5h 20m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

2 stops

25h 55m
RM 2,524

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 6/12

1 Jan - 8 Jan
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

Nonstop

5h 20m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

31h 45m
RM 2,643

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 6/12

Shanghai 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Shanghai found for this year
17 Dec - 31 Dec
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

2 stops

13h 25m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

26h 20m
RM 3,368

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 7/12

17 Dec - 31 Dec
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

2 stops

13h 25m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

2 stops

22h 30m
RM 4,454

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 7/12

17 Dec - 31 Dec
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

SHA

Shanghai Hongqiao Intl

2 stops

20h 35m
SHA

Shanghai Hongqiao Intl

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

2 stops

23h 35m
RM 5,510

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 7/12

Last minute flights to Shanghai

Late deals on return flights to Shanghai, departing today and this week
17 Dec - 31 Dec
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

2 stops

13h 25m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

26h 20m
RM 3,368

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 7/12

17 Dec - 31 Dec
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

2 stops

13h 25m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

2 stops

22h 30m
RM 4,454

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 7/12

17 Dec - 31 Dec
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

SHA

Shanghai Hongqiao Intl

2 stops

20h 35m
SHA

Shanghai Hongqiao Intl

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

2 stops

23h 35m
RM 5,510

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 7/12

One-way flights to Shanghai

The cheapest one-way flights to Shanghai
22 Jan
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

Nonstop

5h 20m
RM 1,262

China Eastern

Pick Dates

Deal found 7/12

1 Jan
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

Nonstop

5h 20m
RM 1,293

China Eastern

Pick Dates

Deal found 6/12

1 Jan
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

Nonstop

5h 20m
RM 1,297

China Eastern

Pick Dates

Deal found 5/12

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

RM 3,549

February

RM 4,208

March

RM 3,773

April

RM 4,490

May

RM 5,167

June

RM 5,075

July

RM 5,237

August

RM 6,279

September

RM 3,632

October

RM 3,795

November

RM 3,412

December

RM 3,017

December is currently the cheapest month to fly to Shanghai. At this moment in time August is the most expensive month. These prices are determined by multiple factors and booking in advance can help keep costs down if your schedule is not as flexible.

When is the best time to fly to Shanghai?

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

KUL - SHA

Price

RM 2,287 - RM 17,941

SHA

Temperature

4 - 28 °C

SHA

Rainfall

30 - 170 mm

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

The best time to book flights to Shanghai is 60 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.

Shanghai is China’s largest city with about 23 million residents. Although it is considered the engine room of the Chinese economy, this is no dry destination. In the past, the river Huangpu, which divides Shanghai into east (Pudong) and west (Puxi) was centre of the opium trade and its nickname was “whore of the Orient”.

Pudong is the ultra-modern financial hub. The Pearl TV Tower stands 468 metres high and double-decker elevators whiz up at seven metres per second. Puxi boasts the Bund riverfront park, more than 50 beautiful buildings in different architectural styles, Yu Yuan Garden and swanky shops including Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.

If your yuan doesn’t stretch to haute couture, the Lu Jia Bang Road market has tailors in residence who will run you up a new wardrobe in a couple of days.

Shanghai is the only Chinese city with two international airports – Pudong and Hongqiao. Pudong International is the airport at which most (about 60 per cent) of the increasingly cheap flights to Shanghai arrive, while Hongqiao handles the remainder. International flights to Shanghai arrive from London and other world cities and there are domestic flights to Beijing, Guangzhou and other cities around China.

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Shanghai climate

Summer in Shanghai can be quite uncomfortable. July and August temperatures can reach the mid-30s (Celsius) with 80 per cent humidity. Winter is damp and chilly with December and January temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, but it rarely snows. Temperatures in May and October are in the teens and 20s. Spring has more rain than autumn, but an occasional typhoon can hit during these months.

When is the best time to fly to Shanghai?

Peak Season:

May through October, Shanghai is busy with tourists and business visitors. In May and October you must make reservations and book Shanghai flights far in advance as the city is also busy with conventions.

The busiest time is the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), when the Chinese and visitors to China are on the move. The holiday season starts two weeks before the New Year and continues for two weeks afterwards. The New Year is in January or February (the date is based on a lunar calendar).

Labour Day (May 1) and National Day (October 1) are also big holiday weeks for the Chinese.

Off Season:

Late March and late October into early November have fewer crowds and the weather is neither steamy hot nor cold and damp. Few people visit during winter, with the notable exception of the Chinese New Year.

Getting around Shanghai

Most visitors choose to take a taxi in Shanghai. Not only are they easy to find, but they’re cheap too. Just keep an eye out for the primary-coloured Volkswagen cabs and flag one down. You’ll find that the smaller, older cars tend to be cheaper, and they all have meters. 

The subway is the best public transport option. It’s inexpensive. Public buses are very crowded and can be confusing for visitors. 

The adventurous traveller might want to rent a bike. There are plenty of well-defined bike lanes, but it can be a bit scary with all the traffic. Stick with the other bikes when crossing a street or intersection. 

Heading out on foot is a great way to soak up the local colour. Between the pedestrians, motorists, scooters and cyclists, streets can be very crowded; be aware of your surroundings. Jaywalking can be dangerous and is frowned upon anyway. 

Tourists are allowed to rent cars for use inside the city limits.

What is good to know if travelling to Shanghai?

  • The Bund, also called the Zhongshan Road, is a famous waterfront area. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Shanghai and boasts a square with the following: the Cenotaph which stands on the man-made island; the Electronic Waterfall Bell, and the Great Mural Carving. On the west side of the Bund are 52 buildings of different architectural styles (Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and Renaissance).
  • The Oriental Pearl TV Tower at 468 metres high is one of the world’s highest TV and radio towers. This truly amazing structure contains the Shanghai Municipal History Museum, a hotel, shops, restaurants, including a rotating restaurant, and a futuristic space city and sightseeing hall, from which, on a clear day, a visitor can see the Yangtze River.
  • The Jade Buddha Temple was built in 1882 (and rebuilt in 1928 after a fire) to house two Burmese jade Buddha statues. The Confucius Temple also offers a quiet space away from the city crowds.
  • Yu Yuan garden, the Garden of Leisurely Repose is a classical garden more than 400 years old. It was built by a wealthy official in 1577 to please his parents in their old age. It boasts gardens within gardens with all the features you would expect of a Chinese garden: rockeries, bridges, goldfish ponds and pavilions.
  • Zhujiajiao Water Town is a well-preserved town on the Dianpu River, about an hour’s bus ride from Shanghai. Old streets and architecture date from the Ming and Qing periods and there are quiet courtyards and ancient bridges. It is known as the Venice of Shanghai. It costs 50 yuan to enter the town, hiring a bicycle at the town gates costs 20 yuan and renting a boat (six people share) costs about 100 yuan.
  • The Jin Mao Tower in the Pudong district (the financial area) with 88 storeys is the tallest building in China and the fifth-tallest in the world (by roof height). It contains offices and the Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel (the world’s highest hotel rooms). The tower has an observatory on the 88th floor, the largest and highest observation deck in China
  • Fuxing Park is more than 100 years old and was called Gujiazhai Park before the French bought it to accommodate armies in 1900. It is the only French-style park in the city. Watch out for the statue of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, they share one body, and for the Tai Chi enthusiasts in the early morning.

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