Shanghai financial district landmark at night, China

Flights to Shanghai (PVG)

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Planning a trip to Shanghai? Discover flight deals, where to go, places to stay, things to do and more inspiring ideas with our Shanghai travel guide.

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Shanghai (Pudong) travel information

Shanghai travel information

Shanghai is a non-stop mega city, located on the southern end of the Yangtze River in China. Pockets of its old history, mixed with its art deco buildings, skyscrapers and glitzy nightlife offer a diverse mix of experiences like no other city. The densely populated city is popular with history buffs, futurists, foodies and shopping fans alike. Enjoy the Shanghai food scene, luxury stores, pop-up boutiques, art galleries and Chinese Opera. Be sure to visit the Yuyuan Gardens & Bazaar, The Bund, Jade Budda Temple and check out China's tallest tower, the Shanghai Tower. There are plenty of attractions to explore in this glamorous city.

When to visit

Best time to visit Shanghai

Shanghai experiences monsoon rains in the spring and summer, with hot summers and milder winters. The best times to visit are spring (April- May) and autumn (September to October) when the weather is pleasant, and the views are lovely. The average temperatures in spring are between 9℃ and 26℃, making it a great time to enjoy the blossoms and Yuyuan Gardens. September and October (after the summer monsoon) offer cool and comfortable temperatures with an average around 25℃. Summers are hot and humid, though it’s a good time to shop the luxury stores, pop-up boutiques, visit the galleries and eat out from Michelin starred restaurants to food markets. 

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG).Opens external site in a new window It is one of the two international airports in Shanghai and located in Pudong, about 30km east of the city centre. It has an international and domestic terminal. 

Arriving in Shanghai

All passengers flying from Shanghai are allocated checked baggage. If you require more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online before departure.   

Getting into Shanghai from Shanghai Airport   

With a range of transport options available at Shanghai Airport, travelling into the city centre is easy. Choose from taxis, high speed train, metro, private transfer or hotel shuttle. Shanghai Airport has the first high-speed maglev railway and it gets to city centre in just 8 minutes. It is the fastest train in the world running at a speed of 430km per hour. The Metro at Shanghai Airport is served by Metro Line 2, which gets to city centre in around 60 minutes. It is a good option to get to city centre as it is economic, but it can take some time depending on your destination. There are different bus services that can take you to several places, with regular services. Most major hotels offer a courtesy shuttle to your hotel, and it’s best to book these in advance. A taxi in Shanghai from the airport to downtown takes approximately 45 minutes, though this can be longer if you're traveling during rush hour. Alternatively, you may wish to book a private transfer. You can hire a car, though you need a Chinese driver's licence, and there can be a lot of traffic.

Getting around Shanghai

The best way to get around Shanghai is to use the metro. The metro is a fast and cheap way to travel within the city, and its extensive reach can take you close to all the top attractions and hotels. Signs are in both English and Chinese making it easy to get to where you need to go. Taxis are another convenient and useful option, but they'll cost a bit more. Buses are plenty, with many routes, though some lines are in Chinese only. DiDi (China's version of Uber) is available and a comfortable way to travel, though depending on the traffic. Walking through Shanghai city is an awe-inspiring experience and a good way to see individual neighbourhoods. Alternatively, you may wish to join a tour.

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If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.

If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.

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