The cheapest times to fly from SCO to SHA are

  • September 10th to September 30th
  • October 15th to March 18th

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 SCO to SHA is late October. Prices can be as high as $4140 for Monday flights during early April, or as low as $1860 for Sunday flights around late October.


When to Fly to Shanghai

Flying from Aktau (SCO) to Shanghai (SHA) will usually cost between $2119 to $3838 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October with an average ticket price of $2236. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early April, with an average price of $3635. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1398 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $2439 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SCO to SHA flight.

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

SCO to SHA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SCO to SHA flight is more expensive than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Aktau. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.4, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Sunday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SHA, and Saturday the cheapest day to fly back into SCO. Mondays are the most expensive days to fly to Shanghai, and Wednesdays are the most expensive days to return to Aktau. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $837 (24%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Sunday and returning a week later will cost an average of $2198. Return trip prices are from the SHA to SCO 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 SCO 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 7 hour 52 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 SCO to SHA while comparing.

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

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 13.80% less expensive than SHA
  • 1-layover flights available

See SCO to PVG flights


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

Hack #1: Moscow (SCO > SVO > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $789
  • Average savings: $1650 (67.65%)

See SCO to PEK flights

Hack #2: Beijing (SCO > PEK > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $846
  • Average savings: $1593 (65.31%)

See SCO to SVO flights

Hack #3: Seoul (SCO > ICN > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $912
  • Average savings: $1527 (62.61%)

See SCO to ICN flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Astana, Azerbaijan Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Hainan, Shanghai Airlines, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Hongqiao International Airport to Shevchenko Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3829 miles or 6162 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SCO to SHA flight is about 7 hour 52 minutes.

How many flights go between Aktau and Shanghai?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 8 available flights from SCO to SHA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SCO
Origination airport name Shevchenko Airport
City Aktau
Country Kazakhstan
Latitude 43.9
Longitude 51.1

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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