The cheapest times to fly from PVG to SAN are

  • January 29th to April 22nd
  • May 21st to June 10th (except the week of May 28th)
  • September 3rd to September 16th
  • October 8th to December 2nd

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 SAN is early November. Prices can be as high as $1404 for Saturday flights during mid to late August, or as low as $558 for Tuesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to San Diego

Flying from Shanghai (PVG) to San Diego, CA (SAN) will usually cost between $595 to $1146 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 $587. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late August, with an average price of $1234. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $647 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $712 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PVG to SAN flight.

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

PVG to SAN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PVG to SAN 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 $0.07, 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 out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $124 (14%) 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 $724. Return trip prices are from the SAN 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 SAN can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 12 hour 49 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 PVG to SAN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 109 miles (175 km) away from SAN
  • Usually 39.04% less expensive than SAN
  • Nonstop flights available

See PVG to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Palm Springs, CA

  • 85 miles (137 km) away from SAN
  • Usually 6.67% less expensive than SAN
  • 1-layover flights available

See PVG to PSP flights


Flight Hacking PVG to SAN

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 SAN — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (PVG > LAX > SAN)

  • Price for both tickets: $613
  • Average savings: $99 (13.9%)

See PVG to SFO flights

Hack #2: San Francisco, CA (PVG > SFO > SAN)

  • Price for both tickets: $707
  • Average savings: $5 (0.7%)

See PVG to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 25 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, EVA Air, Finnair, Hainan, JAL, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from San Diego International Airport to Pudong Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6579 miles or 10588 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PVG to SAN flight is about 12 hour 49 minutes.

How many flights go between Shanghai and San Diego, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 75 available flights from PVG to SAN.


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 SAN
Destination airport name San Diego International Airport
City San Diego, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 32.7
Longitude -117.2


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