Cheap Flights from London to Shanghai

Flight information London to Shanghai

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Average flight time, total distance 5719 miles

11h 5min

Most popular airline last month

British Airways

Shanghai Pu Dong and Shanghai Hongqiao

2 airports

Explore Shanghai

Shanghai Hotels

This information is correct as of December 2015

Airlines that fly from London to Shanghai

China Eastern and British Airways operate flights from London to Shanghai. Both airlines depart from London Heathrow Airport and fly to Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

Terminal Information

London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport is located 12 miles to the west of Central London. You should arrive at Heathrow Airport at least three hours before the scheduled departure time of your flight. Both British Airways and China Eastern have check in desks at the airport and online check in facilities; online check in is recommended.

Passengers flying with China Eastern will need to head to Terminal 4, check in and the departures lounge is on Level 2 of the terminal building. In the Terminal 4 departures lounge you will find duty free shopping opportunities at World Duty Free and Dixons Travel, designer fashion brands such as Gucci, Mulberry and Burberry and places to pick up those last minute essentials such as Boots, WH Smith and Sunglass Hut. You can find food and drinks at the great selection of cafes and restaurants which include Apostrophe, Costa Coffee, Bridge Bar and Eating House and Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar.

British Airways flights depart from their exclusive terminal at Heathrow, Terminal 5. Like terminal 2 there are a wide variety of shops from designer fashion boutiques to high street favourites including Cartier, Ted Baker, Paul Smith and Prada. As well as the main departure lounge there are two smaller departure lounges Terminal 5b and 5c for flights departing from Gates B and C, both of these have WH Smith, Boots and World Duty Free stores as well as a Starbucks. Gates B and C can take from 15-20 minutes to reach from the main departure lounge so you will need to ensure you leave plenty of time to reach these before boarding starts.

Up to 4 hours of free Wi-Fi access is available in the terminals as well quiet zones and Travelex currency exchanges.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai Pudogn Airport is located 30km to the east of the city of Shanghai, China. There are two terminals at the airport; China Eastern flights arrive into Terminal 1 and British Airways flights arrive into Terminal 2.

Onward travel options available to passengers at Shanghai Airport are the high speed trains, the metro line, airport buses and taxis. The quickest route into Shanghai is the high speed train service, trains depart from the airport every 15 minutes and take only 8 minutes to reach Longyang Road Metro Station. A single fare is 50 RMB.

The cheapest route into Shanghai is the Shanghai Metro Line 2 from the airport with a single fare costing between 6 and 8 RMB depending on your destination. A typical journey can take over an hour. 

Practical Information

British passport holders will need a visa to visit Shanghai, China, you will need to contact your nearest Chinese Embassy to obtain this. 

What to expect in Shanghai

The distinctive landscape of Shanghai attracts both business and leisure travellers. Alongside the record breaking skyscrapers, nightlife and designer stores you will be able to explore the real Shanghai - the small local communities, historical buildings and boutiques selling authentic Chinese wares.

The currency in Shanghai is the Renminbi (RMB), you will find most things during your visit to Shanghai such as eating out and transport to be significantly cheaper than the costs in London.  There is a huge choice when it comes to food in Shanghai ranging from street food to fine dining. A typical mid-range 3 course meal for 2 people will cost around 205CNY/£20, and 4 dumplings from the famous Yang’s Dumplings will cost 6CNY.

Shanghai, China is 8 hours ahead of London, UK.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.