The cheapest times to fly from SHA to CID are

  • January 29th to April 22nd
  • October 8th to December 2nd

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SHA to CID is mid to late November. Prices can be as high as $2421 for Saturday flights during early May, or as low as $804 for Tuesday flights around mid to late November.


When to Fly to Cedar Rapids

Flying from Shanghai (SHA) to Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA (CID) will usually cost between $804 to $1815 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late November with an average ticket price of $825. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early May, with an average price of $1784. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $959 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1139 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SHA to CID flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SHA to CID route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SHA to CID Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SHA to CID flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Shanghai. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $290 (17%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1123. Return trip prices are from the CID to SHA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SHA to CID can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 31 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SHA to CID

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SHA to CID — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (SHA > LAX > CID)

  • Price for both tickets: $1015
  • Average savings: $125 (10.93%)

See SHA to SFO flights

Hack #2: San Francisco, CA (SHA > SFO > CID)

  • Price for both tickets: $1050
  • Average savings: $90 (7.86%)

See SHA to LAX flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (SHA > JFK > CID)

  • Price for both tickets: $1098
  • Average savings: $42 (3.64%)

See SHA to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SHA to CID? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: American, China Southern, Delta, Hainan, JAL, Korean Air, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, United, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from The Eastern Iowa Airport to Hongqiao International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6966 miles or 11211 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SHA to CID?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SHA to CID flight is about 13 hour 31 minutes.

How many flights go between Shanghai and Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 14 available flights from SHA to CID.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SHA
Origination airport name Hongqiao International Airport
City Shanghai
Country China
Latitude 31.2
Longitude 121.3

Return Airport

Destination code CID
Destination airport name The Eastern Iowa Airport
City Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA
Country the United States
Latitude 41.9
Longitude -91.7


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