The cheapest times to fly from SHA to TYS are

  • January 29th to April 22nd
  • June 4th to June 24th
  • 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 TYS is early to mid April. Prices can be as high as $2616 for Saturday flights during mid to late August, or as low as $1186 for Tuesday flights around early to mid April.


When to Fly to Knoxville

Flying from Shanghai (SHA) to Knoxville, TN (TYS) will usually cost between $1306 to $2184 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid April with an average ticket price of $1333. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late August, with an average price of $2160. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $828 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1528 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SHA to TYS flight.

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

SHA to TYS Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SHA to TYS flight is more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Shanghai. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, 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 $231 (13%) 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 $1509. Return trip prices are from the TYS 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 TYS can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 14 hour 31 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 SHA to TYS while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Tri Cities Airport (TRI) in Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN

  • 100 miles (161 km) away from TYS
  • Usually 12.24% less expensive than TYS
  • 2-layover flights available

See SHA to TRI flights

Destination alternative #2: Lovell Field Airport (CHA) in Chattanooga, TN

  • 87 miles (140 km) away from TYS
  • Usually 9.95% less expensive than TYS
  • 2-layover flights available

See SHA to CHA flights

Destination alternative #3: Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in Asheville, NC

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from TYS
  • Usually 5.63% less expensive than TYS
  • 2-layover flights available

See SHA to AVL flights

Destination alternative #4: Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in Greer, SC

  • 118 miles (190 km) away from TYS
  • Usually 4.58% less expensive than TYS
  • 2-layover flights available

See SHA to GSP flights


Flight Hacking SHA to TYS

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 TYS — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (SHA > JFK > TYS)

  • Price for both tickets: $957
  • Average savings: $571 (37.37%)

See SHA to LAX flights

Hack #2: Los Angeles, CA (SHA > LAX > TYS)

  • Price for both tickets: $988
  • Average savings: $540 (35.34%)

See SHA to JFK flights

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1030
  • Average savings: $499 (32.62%)

See SHA to SFO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: American, ANA, China Southern, Delta, Hainan, JAL, Korean Air, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, United, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from McGhee Tyson Airport to Hongqiao International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7523 miles or 12107 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SHA to TYS flight is about 14 hour 31 minutes.

How many flights go between Shanghai and Knoxville, TN?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 18 available flights from SHA to TYS.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSHA
Origination airport nameHongqiao International Airport

Return Airport

Destination codeTYS
Destination airport nameMcGhee Tyson Airport
CityKnoxville, TN
Countrythe United States


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