The cheapest times to fly from DTW to SWA are

  • January 8th to March 18th (except the weeks of January 15th and January 29th)
  • April 16th to April 29th
  • 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 DTW to SWA is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $3550 for Saturday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $1201 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Shantou

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Shantou (SWA) will usually cost between $1433 to $2528 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $1463. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $3068. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1605 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1744 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to SWA flight.

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

DTW to SWA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to SWA flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SWA, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into DTW. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Shantou, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Detroit. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $143 (7%) 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 $1817. Return trip prices are from the SWA 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 SWA 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 53 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 DTW to SWA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Gaoqi Airport (XMN) in Xiamen

  • 116 miles (187 km) away from SWA
  • Usually 26.26% less expensive than SWA
  • 1-layover flights available

See DTW to XMN flights


Flight Hacking DTW to SWA

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 SWA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (DTW > JFK > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1179
  • Average savings: $566 (32.43%)

See DTW to JFK flights

Hack #2: Vancouver (DTW > YVR > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1200
  • Average savings: $545 (31.22%)

See DTW to YVR flights

Hack #3: Shanghai (DTW > PVG > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1213
  • Average savings: $531 (30.45%)

See DTW to PVG flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Air France, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Hainan, KLM, Shanghai Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7722 miles or 12427 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to SWA flight is about 14 hour 53 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Shantou?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 17 available flights from DTW to SWA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DTW
Origination airport name Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport
City Detroit, MI
Country the United States
Latitude 42.2
Longitude -83.4

Return Airport

Destination code SWA
Destination airport name Waisha Airport
City Shantou
Country China
Latitude 23.4
Longitude 116.8


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