The cheapest times to fly from KOA to SHA are

  • March 26th to July 1st (except the week of April 23rd)
  • October 15th to December 9th (except the week of November 26th)

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 KOA to SHA is early November. Prices can be as high as $4151 for Saturday flights during mid December, or as low as $786 for Wednesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Shanghai

Flying from Kona, HI (KOA) to Shanghai (SHA) will usually cost between $1036 to $3469 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $1212. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $2537. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1325 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1571 can be considered a good price for a round-trip KOA to SHA flight.

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

KOA to SHA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the KOA to SHA flight is more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Kailua-Kona. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.19, which is 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 KOA. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Shanghai, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Kailua-Kona. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $1446 (33%) 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 $1325. Return trip prices are from the SHA to KOA 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 KOA 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 10 hour 10 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 KOA to SHA while comparing.

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

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 32.08% less expensive than SHA
  • 1-layover flights available

See KOA to PVG flights


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

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1127
  • Average savings: $445 (28.29%)

See KOA to LAX flights

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1137
  • Average savings: $434 (27.63%)

See KOA to SAN flights

Hack #3: San Jose, CA (KOA > SJC > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1141
  • Average savings: $430 (27.37%)

See KOA to SJC flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: ANA, Delta, Hawaiian, JAL, Korean Air, Shanghai Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Hongqiao International Airport to Ellison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5101 miles or 8209 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop KOA to SHA flight is about 10 hour 10 minutes.

How many flights go between Kona, HI and Shanghai?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 9 available flights from KOA to SHA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code KOA
Origination airport name Ellison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole Airport
City Kona, HI
Country the United States
Latitude 19.7
Longitude -156

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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