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Cheap Flights from San Francisco to Shanghai, CN, China - SFO to SHA

Popular flights from San Francisco to Shanghai

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
Sep 1, 2016 Sep 7, 2016 $658
Alaska Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Jun 11, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 $3,295
American Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Aug 21, 2016 Sep 6, 2016 $600
China Eastern Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
May 21, 2016 Jun 2, 2016 $818
China Southern Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
May 10, 2016 May 23, 2016 $538
May 10, 2016 May 24, 2016 $538
May 17, 2016 Jun 2, 2016 $538
May 17, 2016 May 24, 2016 $538
Hainan Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Sep 2, 2016 Sep 12, 2016 $545
United Airlines
Departure Date Return Date Lowest Price
Jul 11, 2016 Jul 18, 2016 $752
Jul 12, 2016 Jul 19, 2016 $752
Jul 14, 2016 Jul 21, 2016 $752
Jul 18, 2016 Jul 25, 2016 $752
Jul 19, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 $752

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 $624.

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 $1,197 $538
7-14 days $1,197 $539
14-21 days $1,177 $817
21-30 days $1,176 $923
30-60 days $920 $714
60-90 days $920 $717
90+ days $807 $544

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
$673 $538 $723 $545 $673 $539 $673

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 Southern 5/10/16 5/23/16 2 $538
June San Francisco Shanghai China Southern 6/1/16 6/13/16 2 $763
July San Francisco Shanghai Hainan 7/3/16 7/17/16 1 $714
August San Francisco Shanghai China Southern 8/30/16 9/6/16 1 $579
September San Francisco Shanghai Hainan 9/25/16 10/10/16 1 $544
October San Francisco Shanghai Hainan 10/17/16 10/31/16 1 $553
November San Francisco Shanghai Hainan 11/2/16 11/16/16 1 $544
December San Francisco Shanghai Air China 12/4/16 12/11/16 1 $670

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
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
$1,237
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
$1,237 $1,237
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
$1,237 $1,277
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
$1,277 $1,277
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
$1,277 $1,277
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
$1,277

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 $1,290.

The average price for non-stop flights from San Francisco to Shanghai is $1,501.

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 $914.

The average price for round trip flights from San Francisco to Shanghai is $1,281.

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)

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 ORD X X X X X X X
American PHX / LAX X X X X X X X
Air Canada YYZ 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 MUC 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 $280
San Francisco to Los Angeles American, Alaska, United, Virgin America $116

Cheap International Flights from San Francisco - SFO

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
San Francisco to Seoul American, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Korean, Asiana, Singapore, United, Virgin America $691
San Francisco to Tokyo American, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, JAL, All Nippon, United, Virgin America, Island Air $930
San Francisco to Beijing Sichuan, American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United, Virgin America, Shenzhen, Great Lakes $546
San Francisco to Hong Kong American, Alaska, JetBlue, Cathay, Hawaiian, Hong Kong, Singapore, United, Great Lakes $653
San Francisco to Hangzhou American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, Shandong, United $725
San Francisco to Taipei American, Alaska, JetBlue, EVA Air, China Airlines, Hawaiian, United $760
San Francisco to Nanjing American, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, Shandong, United, Shenzhen $672
San Francisco to Bangkok American, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Bangkok, Thai, United $708
San Francisco to Manila American, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Philippine, United $623
San Francisco to Wuxi Sichuan, Air China, China Southern, Hainan, China Eastern, United, Shenzhen Check Dates
San Francisco to London American, Air Berlin, Air France, Alaska, Finnair, Alitalia, JetBlue, British Airways, Condor, Aer Lingus, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, LOT, Thomas Cook, Czech, Austrian, SATA, XL Airways, SAS, Brussels, Tap Portugal, United, Air Europa, Virgin Atlantic, FlexFlight, Great Lakes $1,009
San Francisco to Guangzhou Sichuan, American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United, Shenzhen $593
San Francisco to Delhi Jet Airways, American, Air India, Alaska, JetBlue, United, Great Lakes $879
San Francisco to Ningbo Sichuan, American, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United $616
San Francisco to Qingdao American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, Shandong, United $888
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, Arkefly, Austrian, SATA, XL Airways, SAS, Brussels, Tap Portugal, United, Air Europa, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, FlexFlight $746
San Francisco to Wuhan Sichuan, American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United $622
San Francisco to Okinawa American, Alaska, Hawaiian, JAL, All Nippon, United $1,345

Cheap International Flights to Shanghai - SHA

FlightsAirlineLowest Price
San Jose to Shanghai American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, China Eastern, United $472
Sacramento to Shanghai American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, China Eastern, United $841
Oakland to Shanghai American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, China Eastern, United $919
Fresno to Shanghai American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hainan, China Eastern, United $1,286
Reno to Shanghai American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hainan, China Eastern, United Check Dates
Monterey to Shanghai American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, United Check Dates
San Jose to Hangzhou American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United $774
San Jose to Tokyo American, Alaska, Hawaiian, JAL, All Nippon, United, Island Air $963
Oakland to Hangzhou American, Alaska, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, China Eastern, United $709
Sacramento to Hangzhou American, Air China, China Southern, Hawaiian, Hainan, Xiamen, United Check Dates
Cheap Flights from San Francisco to Shanghai, CN, China, from $538 Round trip from SFO to SHA