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Flights to Shanghai

East meets West. Old meets new. Fly to Shanghai and experience cutting-edge architecture, bright lights and peaceful gardens in this massive Chinese metropolis. Delve into the past with traditional gardens and architecture, or jet to the future with modern bars and soaring skyscrapers.

  • We fly direct to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) from London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Our flights to Shanghai run daily throughout the year
  • The flight time from London is approximately 11 hours

Discover Shanghai

It's official. Shanghai has more people than any other city in the world – around 23 million at the last count. So if you're looking to get away from it all, this isn't the place for you. However, if you're up for a dazzling, fast-paced experience, then book your flights to Shanghai today.

In Shanghai, you'll find everything from the peace of traditional Chinese gardens to dramatic modern architecture, flashing lights to luxury boutiques. In the evenings, take your pick from sleek, designer bars, or get your fill of delicious Chinese street food from the many vendors filling the streets.

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Discover Shanghai

On your bike

Shanghai can be tricky to navigate at first because of its impressive size, so a cycle tour is a great idea to get a handle on the city. An experienced guide will help you see the city at a pace that suits you. Visit our blog for more hints on making the most of Shanghai.

Wake up early

Set your alarm and head to YuYuan Garden early to beat the crowds and see this beautiful spot at its best. Explore the delightful Ming era gardens and pick up some traditional trinkets in the bazaar. Get more tips on Shanghai's markets on our blog.

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A history of Chinese art

The Shanghai Museum in People's Square is packed with 120,000 treasures. From paintings and ceramics to calligraphy and bronzes, it’s definitely not just for a rainy day.

All the tea in China

If you love a cuppa, the Tianshan Tea Market will be your idea of heaven. It's a three-storey market with more than 150 stalls, all dedicated to the humble tea leaf. If you're after more sipping spots, we've got the lowdown on Shanghai's teahouses.

See the city lights

The Jin Mao Tower is one of the highest in the world – and the perfect place to see Shanghai in all its glory. The Cloud 9 bar offers amazing views come dusk. Check our blog for more tips on seeing Shanghai's impressive architecture.

Weather and local info

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Local information

Airport guide

Before you set off, take a look at our Shanghai Pudong International Airport guide.

Flight duration

The flight time to Shanghai from London Heathrow is approximately 11 hours and 25 minutes.

Visa information

Visit our dedicated China visa page for useful information on the travel documents you'll need.

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Local currency

The currency in Shanghai is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY).

Local transport

Shanghai has a comprehensive, easy to use public transport system, including the largest bus network in the world. You can travel around the city with a Shanghai Public Transportation Card.


The voltage is 220 volts in Shanghai. You may need an adapter to use British or American plugs.

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Whichever cabin you're travelling in, you'll enjoy exciting inflight entertainment and delicious food and drinks throughout the flight.

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