The cheapest times to fly from ATL to SHA are

  • January 22nd to March 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 9th to April 22nd
  • August 20th to December 9th

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 ATL to SHA is late August to early September. Prices can be as high as $2300 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $635 for Wednesday flights around late August to early September.


When to Fly to Shanghai

Flying from Atlanta, GA (ATL) to Shanghai (SHA) will usually cost between $668 to $1507 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late August to early September with an average ticket price of $688. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $1568. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $880 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $967 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ATL to SHA flight.

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

ATL to SHA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ATL to SHA flight is priced close to the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Atlanta. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.08, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SHA, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into ATL. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Shanghai, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Atlanta. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $339 (20%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $952. Return trip prices are from the SHA to ATL 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 ATL to SHA can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 14 hour 45 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from ATL to SHA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Pudong Airport (PVG) in Shanghai

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 1.96% less expensive than SHA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ATL to PVG flights


Flight Hacking ATL to SHA

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 ATL to SHA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Boston, MA (ATL > BOS > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $956
  • Average savings: $12 (1.19%)

See ATL to BOS flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (ATL > JFK > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $959
  • Average savings: $9 (0.88%)

See ATL to JFK flights

Hack #3: Vancouver (ATL > YVR > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $963
  • Average savings: $5 (0.47%)

See ATL to YVR flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 24 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, EVA Air, Hainan, JAL, JetBlue, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Shandong, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, United, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Hongqiao International Airport to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7651 miles or 12313 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ATL to SHA flight is about 14 hour 45 minutes.

How many flights go between Atlanta, GA and Shanghai?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 84 available flights from ATL to SHA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code ATL
Origination airport name Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
City Atlanta, GA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.6
Longitude -84.4

Return Airport

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


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