The cheapest times to fly from SHA to LHR are

  • October 8th to April 8th (except the week of January 15th)

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 SHA to LHR is early to mid March. Prices can be as high as $2422 for Friday flights during late July, or as low as $527 for Monday flights around early to mid March.


When to Fly to London

Flying from Shanghai (SHA) to London (LHR) will usually cost between $530 to $1277 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid March with an average ticket price of $530. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $1947. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1417 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $787 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SHA to LHR flight.

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

SHA to LHR Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SHA to LHR 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 $0.09, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to fly to LHR, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SHA. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to London, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Shanghai. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $96 (11%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $779. Return trip prices are from the LHR to SHA 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 SHA to LHR can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 11 hour 17 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SHA to LHR

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 SHA to LHR — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $660
  • Average savings: $127 (16.14%)

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Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 28 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeroflot, Air China, Air France, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, EgyptAir, EVA Air, Finnair, Hainan, JAL, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, SAS, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, SWISS, Tianjin Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from London Heathrow Airport to Hongqiao International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5723 miles or 9210 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SHA to LHR flight is about 11 hour 17 minutes.

How many flights go between Shanghai and London?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 100 available flights from SHA to LHR.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSHA
Origination airport nameHongqiao International Airport

Return Airport

Destination codeLHR
Destination airport nameLondon Heathrow Airport
Countrythe United Kingdom


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