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Flights to Shanghai

Old meets new with cutting-edge architecture, bright lights and peaceful gardens. Explore a city of unique glamour, incredible skyscrapers and buzzing arts scene. Book your flights to Shanghai and explore The Paris of the East with Virgin Atlantic today.

  • 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

Fly to Shanghai and explore an extraordinary city where Chinese traditions and modern cultures blend together. From street food markets to award-winning restaurants and diverse architectural heritage, experience a truly unique destination with a Virgin Atlantic flight from the USA.

Discover contemporary art museums and take in the spectacular Shanghai skyline views from one of the city's tallest buildings. Book your plane tickets from the US to Shanghai (PVG) and be amazed by this modern multicultural metropolis today.

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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

What is the weather in Shanghai like?

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Shanghai travel 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. Find out more on the Shanghai transport website.


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

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Cabins and seats

Our seats have been carefully designed to help you fly in total comfort during the flight, no matter which cabin you're in. Find out how our Upper Class, Premium and Economy seats measure up.

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Inflight services

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

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