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Flights to Shanghai in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 6% potential price rise
Cheapest inSeptemberBest time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop
Average priceC$ 1,577Average for round-trip flights in December 2021
Round-trip fromC$ 1,091From Toronto to Shanghai
One-way fromC$ 655One-way flight from Toronto to Shanghai

Cheap flights to Shanghai in December, January 2021

The best prices found for CN2 flights for December, January
15 Jan. - 2 Mar.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

1 stop

17h 50m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

3 stops

22h 30m
C$ 1,209

Air Canada

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Deal found 29/11/21

19 Jan. - 23 Feb.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

3 stops

44h 10m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

2 stops

22h 23m
C$ 1,215

Air Canada

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Deal found 30/11/21

19 Jan. - 21 Feb.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

1 stop

17h 50m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

1 stop

16h 05m
C$ 1,315

Air Canada

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Deal found 30/11/21

Shanghai 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Shanghai found for this year
30 Dec. - 30 Mar.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

2 stops

21h 40m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

2 stops

19h 28m
C$ 1,468

Air Canada

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Deal found 29/11/21

29 Dec. - 2 Apr.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

3 stops

43h 15m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

2 stops

20h 28m
C$ 1,501

Air Canada

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Deal found 29/11/21

20 Dec. - 11 May
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

2 stops

22h 40m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

2 stops

19h 03m
C$ 1,503

Air Canada

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Deal found 1/12/21

Last minute flights to Shanghai

Late deals on round-trip flights to Shanghai, departing today and this week
11 Dec. - 13 Feb.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

1 stop

17h 50m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

2 stops

42h 46m
C$ 2,699

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 29/11/21

11 Dec. - 13 Feb.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

3 stops

69h 10m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

2 stops

42h 46m
C$ 2,719

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 29/11/21

11 Dec. - 13 Feb.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

Nonstop

14h 55m
PVG

Shanghai Pu Dong

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

2 stops

26h 15m
C$ 3,235

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 29/11/21

Can I fly to Shanghai from Canada right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from Canada to Shanghai

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

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

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

Documents
Health Declaration Form - Must be presented upon arrival


Can I fly back to Canada from Shanghai?

Returning to Canada from Shanghai

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

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

What is the cheapest month to fly to Shanghai?

The cheapest ticket to Shanghai found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

C$ 749

February

C$ 716

March

C$ 694

April

C$ 693

May

C$ 804

June

C$ 970

July

C$ 1,143

August

C$ 917

September

C$ 678

October

C$ 702

November

C$ 666

December

C$ 820

Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Shanghai is November. The most expensive month for flights is July. 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 2021 and 2022 by month

YTO - CN2

Price

C$ 667 - C$ 1,737

CN2

Temperature

4 - 28 °C

CN2

Precipitation

30 - 170 mm

Whilst there are several times of the year to choose from, May is seen as the time to fly to Shanghai, however, it is possible to get good deals throughout the year. If weather is an important factor for you when considering when to fly to Shanghai, the warmest period tends to be July, with the wettest being June.

Once known as a city of decadence in the 1920s and 1930s, Shanghai has evolved to become one of China’s busiest financial and tourism ports. Often the inspiration of sinful novels and creative cocktails, Shanghai is more a figment of one’s imagination than a real city. But travellers booking flights to Shanghai will soon discover why Time magazine named it the “world’s most happening city.”

Stand in Shanghai’s city centre and let the massive steel skyscrapers, alluring restaurants and bars, and electric lights captivate you. Only on your flight to Shanghai will you experience a bit of quiet and calm. Once you arrive in Shanghai, the city will entice you to engage in a little excitement and adventure, all along the backdrop of Asian influence.

Shanghai is full of surprises. A flight to Shanghai will be the first of many exciting adventures tourists will happen upon in the world’s largest city. Constantly evolving and ever-changing, Shanghai embraces excitement and exudes sophistication. Book a cheap flight to Shanghai and within minutes of landing, China’s richest city will leave you wanting more.

Shanghai climate

Summer in Shanghai can be quite uncomfortable. July and August temperatures can reach the mid-30s (C) 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 low 20s. Spring has more rain than fall, but an occasional typhoon can hit in the fall. 

When is the best time to fly to Shanghai?

Peak Season:

Most tourists and business travellers book flights to Shanghai from May through October. However, during these months its advised that travellers seeking Shanghai flights and hotel accommodations book in advance, as the city is usually 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).

Labor 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, but this is also the best time to find cheap flights to Shanghai.

Find cheap flights to Shanghai

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 run off of metres. The subway is the best public transportation option. It’s inexpensive, and the public buses are too crowded, too confusing and just plain uncomfortable. 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 about 1,500 feet 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.

Shanghai airports overview

Located on the eastern coast of Pudong, approximately 19 miles (30 km) east of central Shanghai, Shanghai Pudong International (PVG) is one of Asia’s main aerial hubs. In 2010 it handled 40.6 million passengers, making it the third busiest airport in China and the 20th busiest in the world. 

Shanghai Pudong consists of two passenger terminals, flanked on either side by three parallel runways, with the Maglev Railway Station located at the centre of the complex. Inside the terminals, you’ll find a fair variety of services and facilities, in addition to a number of upmarket retail and duty free stores.

A range of renovations are planned: by 2015 a third passenger terminal, satellite terminal, and two more runways will be built, the result of which will increase the airport’s handling capacity from 60 to 80 million passengers per year.

Like most major international hubs, Shanghai Pudong can get chaotic during peak hours. Not all staff are bilingual; however, they are generally friendly and helpful. Overall, the airport is clean, efficient and reasonably modern. 

Situated in Changning District, approximately eight miles (13km) west of Shanghai is Hongqiao International Airport (SHA). The facility serves as one of the main transit hubs for China and more than 90 airlines make use the airport’s facilities.

The airport is divided into two terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The latter was opened in early 2010 and is four times the size of the original terminal. The new terminal houses 90 per cent of the carriers and Terminal 1 is now used for international flight and by Spring Air, the low-cost airline.

Since the completion of the Shanghai Pudong Airport on the other side of the city, the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport has been used mainly for domestic flights. However, Hongqiao Airport is closer to the city and has excellent connections to nearby hotels.