Best time to go: what is the RIGHT price for a round-trip flight to Shanghai (from: London)

The average price to go to Shanghai from London airport is $ 1526 (round trip). However, there are variations depending on the departure month. Thus, it is possible to pay for your plane ticket on average between $ 1192 (in march) and $ 2052 (in august), which is a saving of $ 335 or a surplus of $ 526 (compared to the average price) depending on the period you leave.

The analysis of all the prices reveals that the most frequent price is between $545 to $599 and that it is generally more economical to leave on a friday and return on a sunday on a direct flight.

Be careful, the cheapest months may correspond to unfavorable weather periods . Check out our page best time to go to Shanghai before booking your flight.

If you want to know when to book your flight at the best price, go straight to the second part of this page: When to buy your London-Shanghai plane ticket.

How are these data calculated?

We have studied a sample of 60000 airfare prices from previous years for flights to Shanghai from London and can thus establish precise and credible price variation trends based on different parameters. Of course, prices can vary from year to year, but the seasonal aspect of this data (recurrence of school holidays, events... from year to year) makes these statistics quite reliable.

Average price depending on the departure month

Data analysis:

By leaving in march, the price of the plane ticket will statistically be the cheapest ($ 1192, saving $ 335 compared to the average price over the year which is $ 1526). Conversely, august will be the most expensive ($ 2052).

Flight London-Shanghai: when is the best time to go for the best price?

Month Good price* Average price Our opinion
January$ 788 $ 1244 good price
February$ 763 $ 1243 good price
March$ 718 $ 1192 very good price
April$ 802 $ 1309 good price
May$ 702 $ 1442 good price
June$ 768 $ 1583 fair price
July$ 1041 $ 1806 high price
August$ 1400 $ 2052 very high price
September$ 1171 $ 1922 high price
October$ 1022 $ 1550 fair price
November$ 808 $ 1353 good price
December$ 1004 $ 1607 fair price

*great price to buy your plane ticket: if you see this price or cheaper during your flight search, go for it and buy it!

Price breakdown to travel from London to Shanghai

Data analysis:

The prices for flights from London to Shanghai range from $490 to $2231. 5% of tickets were purchased at the minimum price (from $490 to $545), 1% at the maximum price (from $2177 to $2231). The majority of plane tickets were purchased in the range of $545 to $599 (11% of tickets).

Cheapest airlines for the London->Shanghai flight

There are 17 companies that serve London from Shanghai airport: Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air China, China Eastern, Emirates, LOT, Ryanair, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern, KLM, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Air Canada, Wizz Air, EasyJet and Finnair.

Data analysis:

Of the 60000 flights analyzed in previous years, Virgin Atlantic was the airline that offered the best fare most often in the flight ticket search results (18% of the time) on the London->Shanghai route.

Direct flight or flight with layover?

Data analysis:

To get the best price for the London-Shanghai flight, you should take a direct flight (saving an average of $ 709 compared to a flight with one or more layovers).

Which day of the week to leave?

Data analysis:

Statistically, London-Shanghai flights departing on a friday are cheaper than on other days of the week. By choosing a friday as your departure date, you can save an average of $126. On the other hand, departing on a monday may cost you an additional $127.

Which day of the week to come back?

Data analysis:

Statistically, return flights from Shanghai to London departing on a sunday are cheaper than on other days of the week. By choosing a sunday for your return date, you will save an average of $141. Conversely, departing from Shanghai on a wednesday may cost you an additional $90.


Top prices London-Shanghai

Round tripDatesPrice
London → Shanghai01-10 to 26-10-2024$ 478 
London → Shanghai03-10 to 13-10-2024$ 503 
London → Shanghai15-11 to 23-11-2024$ 514 
London → Shanghai22-11 to 29-11-2024$ 518 
London → Shanghai18-01 to 31-01-2025$ 489 
London → Shanghai16-02 to 23-02-2025$ 525 
London → Shanghai19-03 to 25-03-2025$ 552 
London → Shanghai14-05 to 22-05-2025$ 555 
London → Shanghai05-06 to 19-06-2025$ 535 
London → Shanghai09-06 to 16-06-2025$ 553 


When to book your flight London - Shanghai to get the cheapest price?

Statistically, you will make the biggest savings by buying your plane ticket between 5 to 6 months in advance. However, you may end up paying a high price if you book between 1 to 2 months in advance.

Did you know: the price of plane tickets not only varies depending on how far in advance you book, but also on the day of the week you book! So, to maximize your chances of getting the best price for a London-Shanghai flight, it is recommended to book your ticket on a tuesday.

How far in advance should I buy my flight?

Data analysis:

To get the cheapest flight ticket from London to Shanghai, it is recommended to buy it 5 to 6 months before departure (it is then on average 1386 $, which is a saving of 140 $ compared to the overall average price). On the other hand, if you buy your ticket 1 to 2 months in advance, you will pay the full price (136 $ more than the average price).

Depending on the departure month

The best time to buy your London to Shanghai flight ticket may vary depending on your departure month. Therefore, we offer you statistics on when to book your flight month by month.

Departure on... How far in advance should I book?
January

Best time: 9 to 10 months before departure (average price: 598 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 789), 1 to 2 months ($ 1157), 6 to 7 months ($ 1176), 7 to 8 months ($ 718), 8 to 9 months ($ 636), 10 to 11 months ($ 658), 11 to 12 months ($ 889)

February

Best time: 9 to 10 months before departure (average price: 603 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 769), 1 to 2 months ($ 966), 7 to 8 months ($ 841), 8 to 9 months ($ 652), 10 to 11 months ($ 604), 11 to 12 months ($ 821)

March

Best time: 1 to 2 months before departure (average price: 664 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 910), 2 to 3 months ($ 955), 8 to 9 months ($ 760), 9 to 10 months ($ 667), 10 to 11 months ($ 688), 11 to 12 months ($ 696)

April

Best time: 2 to 3 months before departure (average price: 732 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 925), 1 to 2 months ($ 749), 3 to 4 months ($ 1012), 4 to 5 months ($ 1154), 5 to 6 months ($ 1272), 10 to 11 months ($ 1115), 11 to 12 months ($ 799)

May

Best time: 2 to 3 months before departure (average price: 626 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 1057), 1 to 2 months ($ 672), 3 to 4 months ($ 628), 4 to 5 months ($ 1131), 10 to 11 months ($ 1271), 11 to 12 months ($ 1321)

June

Best time: 3 to 4 months before departure (average price: 670 $)

Other interesting period(s): 1 to 2 months ($ 1041), 2 to 3 months ($ 728), 4 to 5 months ($ 706), 5 to 6 months ($ 1218)

July

Best time: 4 to 5 months before departure (average price: 1072 $)

Other interesting period(s): 1 to 2 months ($ 1800), 2 to 3 months ($ 1343), 3 to 4 months ($ 1136), 5 to 6 months ($ 1092), 6 to 7 months ($ 1560)

August

Best time: 4 to 5 months before departure (average price: 1266 $)

Other interesting period(s): 3 to 4 months ($ 1479), 5 to 6 months ($ 1284), 6 to 7 months ($ 1275), 7 to 8 months ($ 1724), 8 to 9 months ($ 1984)

September

Best time: 6 to 7 months before departure (average price: 838 $)

Other interesting period(s): 3 to 4 months ($ 1630), 4 to 5 months ($ 1201), 5 to 6 months ($ 863), 7 to 8 months ($ 1069), 8 to 9 months ($ 1334), 9 to 10 months ($ 1892)

October

Best time: 7 to 8 months before departure (average price: 612 $)

Other interesting period(s): 4 to 5 months ($ 1243), 5 to 6 months ($ 930), 6 to 7 months ($ 651), 8 to 9 months ($ 646), 9 to 10 months ($ 1046), 10 to 11 months ($ 1501)

November

Best time: 8 to 9 months before departure (average price: 603 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 1210), 5 to 6 months ($ 1007), 6 to 7 months ($ 713), 7 to 8 months ($ 613), 9 to 10 months ($ 622), 10 to 11 months ($ 988)

December

Best time: 8 to 9 months before departure (average price: 697 $)

Other interesting period(s): 0 to 1 month ($ 1519), 1 to 2 months ($ 1425), 5 to 6 months ($ 1543), 6 to 7 months ($ 1096), 7 to 8 months ($ 799), 9 to 10 months ($ 704), 10 to 11 months ($ 783), 11 to 12 months ($ 1124)

What day of the week should I book my flight ticket?

Data analysis:

Statistically, tuesday is the day when plane tickets for London->Shanghai are the cheapest. So, by buying your plane ticket on a tuesday, you will save $43. Conversely, by buying it on a saturday, you may end up paying $21 more.



London to Shanghai: flight price when booking today

Information: this data is not statistics but comes from real prices collected less than 7 days ago. Some months may not be available as we do not have enough data for them.

Month Current price
July 2024$ 1282
$883 to $1474
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August 2024$ 1246
$844 to $4762
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September 2024$ 806
$591 to $2038
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October 2024$ 658
$478 to $904
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November 2024$ 1039
$505 to $8463
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December 2024$ 1293
$619 to $8463
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January 2025$ 752
$489 to $1540
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February 2025$ 671
$525 to $1070
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March 2025$ 641
$552 to $968
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April 2025$ 743
$625 to $1250
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May 2025$ 782
$555 to $1585
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June 2025$ 740
$535 to $1579
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Data analysis:

Compared to the average price, july, august, september, october, november, december, january, february, march, april, may and june are cheaper to travel to Shanghai. So it may be interesting to book now to leave during these months!



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