The cheapest times to fly from SHA to STL are

  • January 29th to April 22nd
  • August 27th to September 23rd
  • 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 SHA to STL is late October. Prices can be as high as $3410 for Saturday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $710 for Tuesday flights around late October.


When to Fly to St. Louis

Flying from Shanghai (SHA) to St. Louis, MO (STL) will usually cost between $815 to $2050 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 $795. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $2379. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1584 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1138 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SHA to STL flight.

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

SHA to STL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SHA to STL flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Shanghai. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, 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 $154 (11%) 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 $1203. Return trip prices are from the STL 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 STL can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 55 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SHA to STL

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 STL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (SHA > LAX > STL)

  • Price for both tickets: $967
  • Average savings: $171 (15.03%)

See SHA to JFK flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (SHA > JFK > STL)

  • Price for both tickets: $978
  • Average savings: $160 (14.06%)

See SHA to LAX flights

Hack #3: San Francisco, CA (SHA > SFO > STL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1011
  • Average savings: $127 (11.16%)

See SHA to SFO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 18 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Delta, EVA Air, Hainan, JAL, KLM, Korean Air, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, United, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from St Louis Lambert International Airport to Hongqiao International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7190 miles or 11571 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SHA to STL flight is about 13 hour 55 minutes.

How many flights go between Shanghai and St. Louis, MO?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 55 available flights from SHA to STL.


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 STL
Destination airport name St Louis Lambert International Airport
City St. Louis, MO
Country the United States
Latitude 38.7
Longitude -90.4


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