A bustling metropolis that is getting larger and more vibrant by the day, Shanghai is rapidly becoming one of China's busiest tourist destinations. Constantly moving, constantly evolving, this city screams excitement and decadence, while still maintaining the natural beauty of its culture. Since this destination is always busy entertaining its many visitors, it is no surprise to discover that cheap flights to Shanghai are often easy to find if you do a bit of forward planning.
Best time to go to Shanghai
Tourists and locals mingle during the peak season, which falls in May and then again from September to November. Not only do these months boast calm, pleasant weather, but they also host two major holidays – Labour Day in May and National Day in October. These months are fantastic for visiting some of the outdoor marvels, like Fuxing Park and the Yu Yuan garden.
From March to April and then June to August the city sees temperatures go from warm to hot and humid. Despite this, these months are still great for visiting Shanghai as tourists thin out, making it easier to come by inexpensive flights to this great location.
There is a lull in tourism between February and December due to the cool weather. Reasonably-priced flights are usually easy to find during the off season unless of course, you book during the Chinese New Year, when the city comes alive with festivities.
Shanghai Airport and transfer information
Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)
Distance: 30km east of city centre
One of the most commonly used and inexpensive forms of ground transport is the bus; however, this particular method can make for a long trip. Also available is the metro which is significantly quicker, but is not available 24 hours like the bus. If you are not travelling on a tight budget, taxis are the most convenient option.
Online resources for your travel to Shanghai
The Smartraveller website offers information on current safety, security and health issues, local laws, entry and exit requirements, and important nearby contacts in China.
The Met Office provides current weather and climate information, as well as a five-day forecast.