The cheapest times to fly from PVG to CMB are

  • February 12th to April 1st
  • May 14th to June 10th (except the week of May 28th)
  • August 20th to September 23rd
  • October 8th to December 31st (except the week of December 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 PVG to CMB is early September. Prices can be as high as $1152 for Sunday flights during late September, or as low as $422 for Wednesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Colombo

Flying from Shanghai (PVG) to Colombo (CMB) will usually cost between $472 to $589 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 $458. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late September, with an average price of $668. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $210 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $519 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PVG to CMB flight.

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

PVG to CMB Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PVG to CMB flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Shanghai. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to CMB, and Thursday the cheapest day to fly back into PVG. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Colombo, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Shanghai. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $56 (10%) 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 $516. Return trip prices are from the CMB to PVG 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 PVG to CMB can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 6 hour 41 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Hacking PVG to CMB

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 PVG to CMB — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Bangkok (PVG > DMK > CMB)

  • Price for both tickets: $404
  • Average savings: $116 (22.25%)

See PVG to KUL flights

Hack #2: Kuala Lumpur (PVG > KUL > CMB)

  • Price for both tickets: $456
  • Average savings: $63 (12.14%)

See PVG to DMK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 24 major airlines flying this route most often: Air China, Air India, Asiana, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Chongqing Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, EVA Air, Hainan, JAL, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan, THAI, Thai Lion Mentari, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Australia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport to Pudong Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3167 miles or 5097 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PVG to CMB flight is about 6 hour 41 minutes.

How many flights go between Shanghai and Colombo?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 87 available flights from PVG to CMB.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code PVG
Origination airport name Pudong Airport
City Shanghai
Country China
Latitude 31.1
Longitude 121.8

Return Airport

Destination code CMB
Destination airport name Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport
City Colombo
Country Sri Lanka
Latitude 7.2
Longitude 79.9


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