The cheapest times to fly from LGB to SHA are

  • February 12th to April 29th
  • 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 LGB to SHA is late September. Prices can be as high as $2945 for Saturday flights during mid December, or as low as $630 for Tuesday flights around late September.


When to Fly to Shanghai

Flying from Long Beach, CA (LGB) to Shanghai (SHA) will usually cost between $703 to $1838 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late September with an average ticket price of $726. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1831. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1105 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1016 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LGB to SHA flight.

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

LGB to SHA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LGB to SHA flight is priced close to the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Long Beach. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Shanghai, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Long Beach. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $237 (16%) 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 $1048. Return trip prices are from the SHA to LGB 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 LGB 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 12 hour 41 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 LGB to SHA while comparing.

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

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 17.03% less expensive than SHA
  • 1-layover flights available

See LGB to PVG flights


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

Hack #1: Las Vegas, NV (LGB > LAS > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $876
  • Average savings: $140 (13.78%)

See LGB to LAS flights

Hack #2: San Jose, CA (LGB > SJC > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $880
  • Average savings: $136 (13.39%)

See LGB to SJC flights

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

  • Price for both tickets: $896
  • Average savings: $120 (11.81%)

See LGB to SFO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 14 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, ANA, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Delta, Hainan, Hawaiian, JAL, JetBlue, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Hongqiao International Airport to Long Beach Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6505 miles or 10469 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LGB to SHA flight is about 12 hour 41 minutes.

How many flights go between Long Beach, CA and Shanghai?

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


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LGB
Origination airport name Long Beach Airport
City Long Beach, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.8
Longitude -118.2

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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