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Cheap Flights from San Francisco to Shanghai, CN, China - SFO to SHA Last modified: May 26, 2016 7:42 AM

Popular flights from San Francisco to Shanghai Last modified: May 26, 2016 7:42 AM

We’ve got the inside scoop on finding the best time to fly for the best price. Not sure when to travel for your next vacation? Find details below on when-to-fly and when-to-buy.

Air China
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Aug 25, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 $580
Aug 25, 2016 Aug 31, 2016 $580
Aug 25, 2016 Sep 1, 2016 $580
Aug 25, 2016 Sep 8, 2016 $580
Aug 25, 2016 Sep 11, 2016 $580
Alaska Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Sep 18, 2016 Sep 22, 2016 $3,495
American Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Sep 19, 2016 Oct 3, 2016 $814
China Eastern Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Sep 1, 2016 Sep 13, 2016 $734
China Southern Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Sep 5, 2016 Sep 17, 2016 $573
Sep 8, 2016 Sep 17, 2016 $573
Hainan Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Sep 19, 2016 Oct 3, 2016 $553
Sep 21, 2016 Oct 5, 2016 $553
Sep 23, 2016 Oct 9, 2016 $553
Sep 23, 2016 Oct 3, 2016 $553
Hawaiian Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Jul 14, 2016 Jul 21, 2016 $1,755
United Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Sep 1, 2016 Sep 20, 2016 $716
Sep 1, 2016 Sep 5, 2016 $716
Sep 1, 2016 Sep 6, 2016 $716
Sep 1, 2016 Sep 8, 2016 $716
Sep 1, 2016 Sep 11, 2016 $716
Xiamen Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Jun 11, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 $3,397

How Much Does it Cost to Fly from San Francisco to Shanghai (SFO to SHA)?

We have collected flight cost data from across the web for travel from San Francisco to Shanghai, and have found the average flight price for this trip to be $768.

When Can I Buy the Cheapest Flight from San Francisco to Shanghai (SFO to SHA)?

Airlines can adjust prices for plane tickets from San Francisco to Shanghai based on the day and time that you decide to book your flight. We have collected data from all airlines, and have discovered that the best days to book flights are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Read our article to find more information about the best time to buy airline tickets.

How far in advance should you book flights from San Francisco to Shanghai

The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding how far in advance a flight from San Francisco to Shanghai should be booked.

Non Stop versus 1-Stop
Advanced PurchaseNon StopOne Stop
< 7 days $859 $970
7-14 days $1,026 $923
14-21 days $1,026 $1,028
21-30 days $1,026 $923
30-60 days $906 $723
60-90 days $956 $850
90+ days $716 $546

Cheapest Day To Fly from San Francisco to Shanghai

The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding the cheapest days to fly from San Francisco to Shanghai.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
$723 $743 $723 $850 $723 $886 $723

Lowest Fares Chart By Month from San Francisco to Shanghai

The chart below shows the lowest fare by month when flying from San Francisco to Shanghai.

Month Origin Destination Carrier Depart Date Return Date Stops Price
May San Francisco Shanghai China Eastern 5/30/16 6/16/16 0 $859
June San Francisco Shanghai Hainan 6/5/16 6/22/16 1 $923
July San Francisco Shanghai Hainan 7/6/16 7/18/16 1 $723
August San Francisco Shanghai Air China 8/25/16 8/29/16 1 $580
September San Francisco Shanghai Hainan 9/19/16 10/3/16 1 $553
October San Francisco Shanghai Hainan 10/21/16 10/31/16 1 $546
November San Francisco Shanghai Hainan 11/2/16 11/11/16 1 $553
December San Francisco Shanghai Hainan 12/2/16 12/5/16 1 $553

Cheapest Weekend Non-Stop Flights for the Next 30 Days from San Francisco to Shanghai

If you're ready to take a trip in the next 30 days and want to fly on the weekend, you might be wondering which weekend is the cheapest to fly. The chart below shows up-to-date data regarding weekend flight prices from San Francisco to Shanghai.

Next 30 Days

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
$1,026
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
$1,026 $1,026
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
$1,026 $1,026
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
$1,026 $1,301
26 27 28 29 30 1 2
$1,301 $919
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
$919

Non-Stop vs Connecting Flights from San Francisco to Shanghai (SFO to SHA)

Your San Francisco to Shanghai flight can be significantly cheaper by choosing a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights sacrifice some convenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% when they choose to fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.

The average price for connecting flights from San Francisco to Shanghai is $936.

The average price for non-stop flights from San Francisco to Shanghai is $1,434.

The chart below shows up to date information regarding non-stop flights from San Francisco to Shanghai.

Nonstop Flight Details from San Francisco to Shanghai
CarrierMonTueWedThuFriSatSunEarliest FlightLatest Flight
China Eastern 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12:00 12:00
United 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13:50 13:50

Round Trip vs One Way Flights from San Francisco to Shanghai (SFO to SHA)

We have found that there is often no price difference between buying a round trip flight versus a one way flight. Increased flexibility is the main benefit when it comes to buying a one way flight from San Francisco to Shanghai. However, booking a round trip flight can be a simpler process. You can compare round trip and one way flights by using our flight comparison.

The average price for one way flights from San Francisco to Shanghai is $917.

The average price for round trip flights from San Francisco to Shanghai is $925.

San Francisco to Shanghai Flight Questions

Below are some common questions that asked about this flight route:

Question: How long is a direct flight from San Francisco to Shanghai?
Answer: The average San Francisco to Shanghai flight time is 13 hours and 27 minutes.
Question: How many miles are there between San Francisco and Shanghai?
Answer: The distance from San Francisco to Shanghai is 6135 miles.
Question: How common are direct flights from San Francisco to Shanghai?
Answer: There are 14 direct flights from San Francisco to Shanghai.
Question: What is the most popular airline for non-stop flights from San Francisco to Shanghai?
Answer: United Airlines provides 50% of the non-stop flights between San Francisco and Shanghai.
Question: What are the most popular connecting cities when flying from San Francisco to Shanghai?
Answer: Los Angeles, CA

Airlines Flying from San Francisco to Shanghai (SFO to SHA) Number of flights searched: 872Last modified: May 26, 2016 7:42 AM

Below are the different airlines that fly from San Francisco to Shanghai with the average price of their plane tickets. Just remember that different airlines offer different levels of comfort and service, so consider convenience when choosing your airline.

Below is the full flight schedule summary of the next 30 days for flights from San Francisco to Shanghai.

San Francisco to Shanghai
Airline Connections Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
American DFW X X X X X X X
American PHX / LAX X X X X X X X
Air Canada YVR X X X X X X X
Air Canada YYC / YVR X X X X X X X
Air France CDG X X X X X X X
Air India DEL X X X
British Airways LHR X X X X X X
EVA Air TPE X X X X X X X
Air China PEK X X X X X X X
China Airlines TPE X X X X X X X
China Airlines TPE / KHH X X X X X X
Cathay HKG X X X X X X X
China Southern WUH X X X X X X X
Delta DTW X X X X X X X
Emirates DXB X X X X X X X
Etihad AUH X X X X X X X
JAL HND X X X X X X X
JAL HND / KIX X X X X X X X
Korean ICN X X X X X X X
KLM AMS X X X X X X X
Lufthansa FRA X X X X X X X
Swiss ZRH X X X X X X X
China Eastern - X X X X X X X
All Nippon NRT X X X X X X X
All Nippon NRT / NGO X X X X X X X
Asiana ICN X X X X X X X
Philippine MNL X X X X X X X
Qantas SYD X X X X X X
Singapore ICN / SIN X X X X X X X
Turkish IST X X X X X X X
United - X X X X X X X
United ORD X X X X X X X
Virgin Atlantic LHR X X X X X X X

Airports for Your Route

These pages contain information about the major airports in San Francisco and Shanghai, so you can feel comfortable knowing how to get around whether you are about to take off or you just landed.

Cheap Domestic Flights from San Francisco - SFO

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
San Francisco to New York American, Alaska, JetBlue, Frontier, Sun Country, United, Virgin America $332
San Francisco to Los Angeles American, Alaska, United, Virgin America $126

Cheap International Flights from San Francisco - SFO

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
San Francisco to Seoul American, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Korean, Asiana, Singapore, United, Virgin America $787
San Francisco to Tokyo American, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, JAL, All Nippon, United, Virgin America, Island Air $872
San Francisco to Beijing American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United, Virgin America, Shenzhen $534
San Francisco to Hong Kong American, Alaska, JetBlue, Cathay, Hawaiian, Hong Kong, Dragonair, Singapore, United $669
San Francisco to Hangzhou American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, Shandong, United, Shenzhen $580
San Francisco to Taipei American, Alaska, EVA Air, China Airlines, Hawaiian, United $745
San Francisco to Nanjing Sichuan, American, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, Shandong, United, Shenzhen $605
San Francisco to Bangkok American, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Bangkok, Thai, United $719
San Francisco to Manila American, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Philippine, United $560
San Francisco to Wuxi Sichuan, American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, United $1,581
San Francisco to London American, Air Berlin, Air France, Alaska, Finnair, Alitalia, JetBlue, British Airways, Condor, Aer Lingus, Iberia, Meridiana, KLM, Lufthansa, LOT, Thomas Cook, Czech, Austrian, SATA, XL Airways, SAS, Brussels, Jetairfly, Tap Portugal, United, Air Europa, Virgin Atlantic, FlexFlight, Great Lakes $950
San Francisco to Guangzhou Sichuan, American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United, Shenzhen $580
San Francisco to Delhi Jet Airways, American, Air India, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, United $821
San Francisco to Ningbo Sichuan, American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United, Shenzhen $613
San Francisco to Qingdao American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, Shandong, United $655
San Francisco to Paris American, Air Berlin, Air France, Alaska, Finnair, Alitalia, JetBlue, British Airways, Condor, OpenSkies, Aer Lingus, Iberia, Meridiana, KLM, Air Malta, Lufthansa, LOT, Thomas Cook, Czech, Austrian, SATA, XL Airways, SAS, Brussels, Tap Portugal, United, Air Europa, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, FlexFlight $809
San Francisco to Wuhan Sichuan, American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United, Shenzhen $580
San Francisco to Okinawa American, Alaska, Hawaiian, JAL, All Nippon, United $1,177

Cheap International Flights to Shanghai - SHA

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
San Jose to Shanghai Sichuan, American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United $549
Sacramento to Shanghai American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, China Eastern, United $797
Oakland to Shanghai American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, China Eastern, United $731
Fresno to Shanghai American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hainan, China Eastern, United $1,309
Reno to Shanghai American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hainan, China Eastern, United $1,326
Monterey to Shanghai American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hainan, China Eastern, United Check Dates
San Jose to Hangzhou American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United $580
San Jose to Tokyo American, Alaska, Hawaiian, JAL, All Nippon, United, Island Air $903
Oakland to Hangzhou American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United $1,524
Sacramento to Hangzhou American, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United Check Dates
Cheap Flights from San Francisco to Shanghai, CN, China, from $553 Round trip from SFO to SHA