The cheapest times to fly from SHA to MAD are

  • January 29th to April 29th (except the weeks of February 19th, February 26th, and April 2nd)
  • May 28th to July 1st
  • October 15th to December 2nd (except the week of November 19th)

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 MAD is early November. Prices can be as high as $5081 for Monday flights during late July, or as low as $567 for Saturday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Madrid

Flying from Shanghai (SHA) to Madrid (MAD) will usually cost between $605 to $1308 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 $606. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $3004. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $2398 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $841 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SHA to MAD flight.

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

SHA to MAD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SHA to MAD 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 $0.08, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MAD, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SHA. Mondays 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 $241 (21%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $829. Return trip prices are from the MAD 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 MAD 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 26 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SHA to MAD

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 MAD — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $697
  • Average savings: $144 (17.12%)

See SHA to VIE flights

Hack #2: Vienna (SHA > VIE > MAD)

  • Price for both tickets: $798
  • Average savings: $44 (5.17%)

See SHA to SVO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 23 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Baltic, Air China, Air France, ANA, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, CSA, Finnair, Hainan, Hong Kong Airlines, Iberia, JAL, KLM, Korean Air, LATAM, Lufthansa, Shanghai Airlines, SWISS, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport to Hongqiao International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6359 miles or 10234 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SHA to MAD flight is about 12 hour 26 minutes.

How many flights go between Shanghai and Madrid?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 72 available flights from SHA to MAD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SHA
Origination airport name Hongqiao International Airport
City Shanghai
Country China
Latitude 31.2
Longitude 121.3

Return Airport

Destination code MAD
Destination airport name Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport
City Madrid
Country Spain
Latitude 40.5
Longitude -3.6


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