The cheapest times to fly from CAN to SHA are

  • May 7th to August 19th
  • October 8th to December 23rd

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 CAN to SHA is early to mid August. Prices can be as high as $483 for Friday flights during early October, or as low as $281 for Saturday flights around early to mid August.


When to Fly to Shanghai

Flying from Guangzhou (CAN) to Shanghai (SHA) will usually cost between $350 to $483 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid August with an average ticket price of $301. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early October, with an average price of $483. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $182 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $477 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CAN to SHA flight.

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

CAN to SHA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CAN to SHA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Guangzhou. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.41, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Shanghai, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Guangzhou. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $7 (2%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $448. Return trip prices are from the SHA to CAN 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 CAN to SHA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 18 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from CAN to SHA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Xiaoshan Airport (HGH) in Hangzhou

  • 85 miles (137 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 32.08% less expensive than SHA
  • Nonstop flights available

See CAN to HGH flights

Destination alternative #2: Lishe Airport (NGB) in Ningbo

  • 95 miles (153 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 22.12% less expensive than SHA
  • Nonstop flights available

See CAN to NGB flights

Destination alternative #3: Shuofang Airport (WUX) in Wuxi

  • 57 miles (92 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 20.65% less expensive than SHA
  • Nonstop flights available

See CAN to WUX flights

Destination alternative #4: Nantong Xingdong Airport (NTG) in Jiangsu

  • 64 miles (103 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 13.10% less expensive than SHA
  • Nonstop flights available

See CAN to NTG flights

Destination alternative #5: Yangzhou Taizhou Airport (YTY) in Yangzhou

  • 134 miles (216 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 14.47% less expensive than SHA
  • Nonstop flights available

See CAN to YTY flights

Destination alternative #6: Pudong Airport (PVG) in Shanghai

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 0.84% less expensive than SHA
  • Nonstop flights available

See CAN to PVG flights


Flight Hacking CAN 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 CAN to SHA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Taipei (CAN > TPE > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $465
  • Average savings: $12 (2.52%)

See CAN to TPE flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 19 major airlines flying this route most often: Air China, ANA, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, Chengdu Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, CUA, Hainan, Hebei Airlines, JAL, Juneyao Airlines, Lucky Air, Shandong, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, Spring, Tianjin Airlines, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Hongqiao International Airport to Baiyun International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 730 miles or 1175 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CAN to SHA flight is about 2 hour 18 minutes.

How many flights go between Guangzhou and Shanghai?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 53 available flights from CAN to SHA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code CAN
Origination airport name Baiyun International Airport
City Guangzhou
Country China
Latitude 23.4
Longitude 113.3

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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