The cheapest times to fly from DTW to PVG are

  • January 15th to April 1st
  • August 27th 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 DTW to PVG is early September. Prices can be as high as $1663 for Friday flights during late December, or as low as $600 for Tuesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Shanghai

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Shanghai (PVG) will usually cost between $602 to $1439 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $629. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $1436. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $806 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $882 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to PVG flight.

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

DTW to PVG Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to PVG flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.08, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to PVG, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into DTW. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Shanghai, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Detroit. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $131 (13%) 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 $889. Return trip prices are from the PVG to DTW 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 DTW to PVG can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 48 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Hacking DTW to PVG

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 DTW to PVG — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Philadelphia, PA (DTW > PHL > PVG)

  • Price for both tickets: $804
  • Average savings: $79 (8.9%)

See DTW to PHL flights

Hack #2: Boston, MA (DTW > BOS > PVG)

  • Price for both tickets: $809
  • Average savings: $73 (8.28%)

See DTW to BOS flights

Hack #3: Raleigh/Durham, NC (DTW > RDU > PVG)

  • Price for both tickets: $811
  • Average savings: $71 (8.05%)

See DTW to RDU flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DTW to PVG? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 36 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Alaska, Allegiant, American, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, EVA Air, Finnair, Frontier, Hainan, Hawaiian, JAL, JetBlue, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Spirit, SWISS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Pudong Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7121 miles or 11460 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DTW to PVG?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to PVG flight is about 13 hour 48 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Shanghai?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 97 available flights from DTW to PVG.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeDTW
Origination airport nameDetroit Metro Wayne County Airport
CityDetroit, MI
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codePVG
Destination airport namePudong Airport


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