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London Shanghai
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Mon, 18 Mar LHR - PVG
Fri, 22 Mar PVG - LHR
£2371 £2333
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Thu, 04 Apr LHR - SHA
£265 £259
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Fri, 08 Mar LHR - SHA
Tue, 12 Mar SHA - LHR
£420 £407
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Tue, 05 Mar LHR - PVG
Thu, 07 Mar PVG - LHR
£526 £511
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Wed, 13 Mar LHR - PVG
Sun, 17 Mar PVG - LHR
£2058 £2023
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Sat, 23 Mar LGW - PVG
Tue, 26 Mar PVG - LGW
£695 £677
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Currency and price comparison

Train Local, one-way ticket
84% Trains in Shanghai are 84% cheaper than in London.
London £2.8
Shanghai £0.44
Meal Mid-priced restaurant
79% A meal in Shanghai is 79% cheaper than a meal in London.
London £18
Shanghai £3.84
Exchange rate
1 GBP = 9.16 CNY
1 CNY = 0.11 GBP
Last checked on 25 February 2024
Distance: 5715 miles
London airports
Heathrow (LHR) How far from city centre: 14 miles
Stansted (STN) How far from city centre: 30 miles
Gatwick (LGW) How far from city centre: 25 miles
Luton International (LTN) How far from city centre: 27 miles
London City (LCY) How far from city centre: 7 miles
Southend (SEN) How far from city centre: 35 miles
Shanghai airports
Hongqiao (SHA) How far from city centre: 4 miles
Pu Dong (PVG) How far from city centre: 19 miles

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Useful information for the flight from London to Shanghai

How long is the flight from London to Shanghai?

Direct flights from London to Shanghai have a flight duration of approximately 11 hours and 20 minutes. Flights with stopovers are more likely to take 14 to 15 hours.

What are the most common stopovers?

Several airlines offer direct trips from London to Shanghai, which is the quickest and easiest way to reach the city. However, there are also many flights with stopovers in cities such as Moscow, Frankfurt, Paris, or Amsterdam.

What documentation do I need to fly to Shanghai from London?

All British passport holders aged between 14 and 70 need a visa to travel to China, as well as a passport which is valid at least for the next six months. You will have to attend an appointment at a Chinese visa centre in London, Manchester, Belfast, or Edinburgh to receive your visa. Visas allow you to stay in China for up to six months.

Is there a time change from London to Shanghai?

Yes, Shanghai is in the China Standard Time Zone. The city is eight hours ahead of UK time.

Which airlines fly from London to Shanghai?

There is a wide range of airlines with departures for Shanghai. Some of these include:

How to find cheap flights from London to Shanghai?

Make the most of Opodo's powerful and user-friendly search engine to find great deals on airfares to Shanghai. Enter your dates of travel, then refine the displayed results according to price, airline, or preferred stopover to find the perfect solution. Opodo is your ideal online travel agent, whether you are travelling for holidays, business, or city breaks.

When are the best times to fly from London to Shanghai?

Airports in London

If you are flying directly to Shanghai, your flight will leave from London Heathrow airport (LHR). Flight tickets connecting through other European cities may leave from Gatwick (LGW) instead, depending on the airline's flight path.

Useful information about London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport is Europe's busiest airport. It is located 15 miles west of Central London.

How to get to the airport:

Services: Retail outlets, bars and restaurants, four separate terminals, free Wi-Fi, children's play areas, foreign exchange, free device charging facilities.

Useful information about London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is approximately 30 miles to the south of London.

How to get to the airport:

Services: Two separate airport terminals connected by monorail, dozens of restaurants, bars and shops, free Wi-Fi, children's play area, showers, toilets, and airport lounges.

Airports in Shanghai

There are two airports in Shanghai. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) is where international flights arrive. The other airport, Shanghai Hongqia, mainly serves domestic and regional connections.

Useful information about Shanghai Pudong International Airport

The airport lies to the south-east of the city, on a strip of land beside the Yellow Sea. There are two passenger terminals.

Getting to Shanghai from the airport:

What to do and visit in Shanghai

Frequently asked questions about flights from London to Shanghai

How long does the flight take to go from London to Shanghai?
The total flight time between London and Shanghai is of around 16:59 hours on average, considering an average distance of 13,106 km, for both direct and indirect flights for the route (which may have 1 or more stops in other cities in between).
How can I find cheap flights from London to Shanghai at Opodo?
The cheapest price for a flight from London to Shanghai is 259£. At Opodo we use different machine learned based methodologies to find our costumers the best option available, considering airline combinations, stopovers and direct flights as well as different criteria for inbound and outbound journeys.
Is Shanghai expensive to visit compared to London?
If you compare transportation prices, the taxi ride in Shanghai costs an average of 1.75 GBP, 56% cheaper than London, with a fare of 4.00 GBP, while train tickets costs 84% less in Shanghai: 0.44 GBP against 2.80 GBP in London. If you compare the price of a lunch meal, however, you can find it from 3.84 GBP in Shanghai, 79% less than the 18.00 GBP in London. The price of the coffee is around 17% cheaper in Shanghai, with an average of 2.98 GBP, while in London the coffee costs 3.59 GBP.
When is the best time to book a flight from London to Shanghai?
The most popular months to book a trip from London to Shanghai are May, March and October, based on the searches of our customers.
When is the best time to travel from London to Shanghai?
The best time of the year to go to Shanghai when flying from London depends on several preference factors like climate, seasonality and, of course, price. When it comes to popularity, December is the top 1º month to fly to Shanghai from London in terms of searches from our customer, followed by July and September. If you prefer to avoid high peaks of turism, however, and escape a crowded period, February, November and January are the months with less volume of searchs for the route London - Shanghai.
Is it possible to purchase a flexible ticket for my flight from London to Shanghai?
At Opodo we want to make sure that your travel plans are not affected by any cancelation as well as any possible restrictions China may apply when travelling from London. Is your flight cancelled? We've got your back! With our flexible ticket guarantee you can decide if you want to book another flight - free of rebooking fee - or get a full refund!
How is the weather in Shanghai compared to London?
While in London the temperatures can reach an average of 29.01 ºC in summer, with precipitation levels up to 9.0 mm ,Shanghai's temperatures can go up to 37.03 ºC during the hot season, with 12.0 mm average of rain rate . In winter, however, weather indicators show around -2.66 ºC in Shanghai, compared to the -3.09 ºC average degrees reported in London. During the winter period, London can register 6.0 mm precipitation, while Shanghai have an average of 3.0 mm rain level.
Which airports have flights between London and Shanghai?
The main airport route flying between London and Shanghai is: Gatwick (LGW) to Pu Dong (PVG). This route is covered by the following airline(s):
  • China Eastern Airlines.
  • Air China.
  • Alternatively, you can find London - Shanghai flights between Heathrow (LHR) to Pu Dong (PVG) with the following airline(s) flying the route: China Eastern Airlines.
  • Virgin Atlantic.
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Airlines with indirect flights from London to Shanghai are:
Airlines with indirect flights from London to Shanghai are:
  • Air China, stoping in Beijing for 105 minutes minimun.
  • Air France, with 60 minutes scale in Paris.
  • Air France, with 60 minutes scale in Paris.
Flight Duration 16 h and 59 m Flights between London and Shanghai take, on average, 16 h and 59 m minutes, but the time can vary according to other factors
Cheapest flight £259 Cheapest price for a flight between London and Shanghai found by our customers in the last 72 hours
Departing Airport Heathrow The airport Heathrow is the departure airport operating flights between London and Shanghai
Arriving Airport Pu Dong Flights departing London with Shanghai as destination arrive at Pu Dong

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