The cheapest times to fly from SFO to SHA are
- February 19th to April 22nd
- August 20th 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 SFO to SHA is early September. Prices can be as high as $1514 for Saturday flights during mid December, or as low as $470 for Tuesday flights around early September.
When to Fly to Shanghai
Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Shanghai (SHA) will usually cost between $515 to $1210 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 $497. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1259. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $762 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $708 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to SHA flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SFO to SHA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the SFO to SHA flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. 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 fly to SHA, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into SFO. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Shanghai, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to San Francisco. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $78 (9%) 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 $740. Return trip prices are from the SHA to SFO flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from SFO 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 12 hour 3 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 SFO to SHA while comparing.
- 27 miles (43 km) away from SHA
- Usually 13.99% less expensive than SHA
- Nonstop flights available
- 85 miles (137 km) away from SHA
- Usually 3.25% less expensive than SHA
- 1-layover flights available
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from SFO to SHA? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 24 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, EVA Air, Hainan, Hong Kong Airlines, JAL, Korean Air, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, United, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Hongqiao International Airport to San Francisco International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 6153 miles or 9902 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from SFO to SHA?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to SHA flight is about 12 hour 3 minutes.
How many flights go between San Francisco, CA and Shanghai?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 91 available flights from SFO to SHA.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||San Francisco International Airport|
|City||San Francisco, CA|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Hongqiao International Airport|
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