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Airfares from $669 One Way, $1,030 Round Trip from San Francisco to Shanghai

Prices starting at $1,030 for return flights and $669 for one-way flights to Shanghai were the cheapest prices found within the past 7 days, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.

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Destination Airport IATA Code SHA
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Fly from San Francisco to Shanghai

If you are planning a trip from San Francisco to Shanghai, visit You will find low fares, vacation packages and useful information regarding area attractions and deals. Shanghai is an eclectic modern city with skyscrapers, Baroque mansions and fascinating sites. Visitors from San Francisco are sure to enjoy the city's food, culture and atmosphere.

Leaving San Francisco

Located on San Francisco Bay, the San Francisco International Airport offers flights to Shanghai aboard Air China, United and US Airways. Travelers can take the BART rapid rail to the airport for around $10. SamTrans buses are another option, and the fare is $4 for those leaving San Francisco. If you are driving to the airport and want to park your car, several lots are available. The long-term parking lot is located on South Airport Boulevard, and riders can leave their vehicles for $18 a day. A shuttle runs every 5 to 15 minutes and takes passengers to the terminal.

Travelers who are looking for a preflight meal can find a variety of dining establishments at the airport. Many are chains from local restaurants and offer full meals. Andalé Mexican Restaurant serves fresh Mexican food and has a full bar. Gordon Biersch serves American cuisine and microbrews. Guava & Java, Just Desserts and Peet's Coffee & Tea offer lighter snacks and drinks.

Shanghai, China

Shanghai is located on the east coast of China. Visitors to the area will notice Western-style architecture mingling with modern skyscrapers and traditional Chinese buildings. British businessmen came to the area after the Opium War in 1842. Settlers from France, America and Japan soon followed, each putting their unique imprint on the land, and those influences can still be seen today.

Enjoying Shanghai

The Shanghai Pudong International Airport is located east of the city and lies directly on the bay. The Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is located west of the city and lies completely on the mainland. Those arriving at the Pudong airport can take one of 10 bus lines to the city center for ¥2 to ¥30. Travelers landing at the Hongqiao airport can take a shuttle bus to the downtown area for ¥2 to ¥30, but most fares are around ¥2 to ¥7.

Shanghai sees four distinct seasons. Spring is pleasant and warm, summer tends to be wet and hot, fall sees cooler temperatures, and winters can be cold and cloudy. In July and August, temperatures can reach the mid-90s, and highs in January and February reach the mid-40s. With mild temperatures and less rain, May is a good time to visit.

Visitors to the area should head to the Bund. This waterfront area is known for panoramic views, sculptures and historic buildings. Located in People's Square, the Shanghai Museum is divided into 11 galleries. Visitors can view more than 500 pieces from various dynasties, tricolored glazed pottery and Chinese paintings and calligraphy. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is home to the IMAX Dome Theater and the IMAX 3-D Large-Format Theater. Visitors can watch digital films or enjoy a spectacular celestial demonstration.

Plan Your Trip to Shanghai

Shanghai, with its majestic skyline and numerous attractions, is a different world from sunny San Francisco. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, your trip from San Francisco to Shanghai can be a successful one with the help of, and with Orbitz' low-fare promise, you can relax knowing that you didn't overpay for air fare.

Frequently asked questions

Am I able to catch a flight from San Francisco to Shanghai now?
Our Covid-19 Travel Advisor can help you with queries about travel restrictions and quarantine when traveling by plane from San Francisco to Shanghai.
What is the shortest flight from San Francisco to Shanghai?
With the quickest possible flight time from San Francisco Airport to Shanghai (PVG-Pudong Intl.) being 14 hours and 15 minutes, we suggest you have a few in-flight survival strategies up your sleeve. Neck pillows, earplugs and eye-masks should be among the essentials you pack in your carry-on.
If I am not able to travel due to COVID-19, can I cancel my flight to Shanghai?
We get that traveling right now has its challenges, so it’s good to know that many reservations booked through us are able to be cancelled or changed. If your travel plans to Shanghai have been affected by COVID-19, a lot of airlines are making things easier by offering credits to use at a later date. Just sign in to your account and you’ll quickly see what options are available. Our Customer Service Portal is the place to go for more information.
Are there flights to Shanghai with flexible change policies?
In most cases you’ll have the option to reschedule your flight to Shanghai without a change fee. All you have to do then is pay the difference between the old flight and the new one. Look for the “no change fees” filter and book with confidence.
What is the cheapest day of the week to fly?
Consider flying out early in the week to save on your airfare. Orbitz data from 2021 shows that Monday is the cheapest day to depart, followed by Tuesday. Saturday showed the highest average ticket prices likely because many travelers prefer to start their vacation on a weekend.
What is the cheapest month to fly?
We won’t keep you guessing, according to Orbitz data from 2021, the cheapest month to fly is February. Perfect for those who need a weekend getaway, or just a break from it all in the shortest month of the year. Be aware that the most expensive time to fly is during the height of summer in July, and in the holiday month of December.*According to flight demand on from January to December 2021. Savings are subject to change based on departure location, date and destination.

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