The cheapest times to fly from ELP to SHA are

  • January 1st to March 18th
  • August 20th to December 16th (except the weeks of September 10th and September 17th)

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 ELP to SHA is mid to late November. Prices can be as high as $4205 for Thursday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $1095 for Tuesday flights around mid to late November.


When to Fly to Shanghai

Flying from El Paso, TX (ELP) to Shanghai (SHA) will usually cost between $1416 to $3809 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 $1454. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $3816. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $2362 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $2354 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ELP to SHA flight.

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

ELP to SHA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ELP to SHA flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from El Paso. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.21, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SHA, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into ELP. Thursdays are the most expensive days to fly to Shanghai, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to El Paso. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $217 (8%) 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 $2342. Return trip prices are from the SHA to ELP 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 ELP to SHA 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 43 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 ELP to SHA while comparing.

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

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 45.33% less expensive than SHA
  • 1-layover flights available

See ELP to PVG flights


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

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

  • Price for both tickets: $875
  • Average savings: $1480 (62.85%)

See ELP to LAX flights

Hack #2: San Diego, CA (ELP > SAN > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $886
  • Average savings: $1468 (62.36%)

See ELP to SAN flights

Hack #3: San Francisco, CA (ELP > SFO > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $943
  • Average savings: $1411 (59.94%)

See ELP to SFO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, ANA, China Southern, Delta, Hainan, JAL, Korean Air, Shandong, Shanghai Airlines, United, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Hongqiao International Airport to El Paso International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7079 miles or 11393 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ELP to SHA flight is about 13 hour 43 minutes.

How many flights go between El Paso, TX and Shanghai?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 20 available flights from ELP to SHA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code ELP
Origination airport name El Paso International Airport
City El Paso, TX
Country the United States
Latitude 31.8
Longitude -106.4

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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