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Flights to China in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inJulyHigh demand for flights, 19% potential price rise
Cheapest inNovemberBest time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price£1,014Average for round-trip flights in August 2022
Round-trip from£1,026From London to China
One-way from£8One-way flight from London to China

Cheap flights to China in August, September 2022

The best prices found for PVG flights for August, September
22 Sep - 30 Sep
£1,000pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Malaysia Airlines
 
1 STOP
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Malaysia Airlines
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
29 Sep - 13 Oct
£1,355pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Hainan Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow
5 Sep - 3 Nov
£1,523pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Scandinavian Airlines
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow

China 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to China found for this year
1 Nov - 30 Nov
£880pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Malaysia Airlines
 
1 STOP
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Malaysia Airlines
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
5 Oct - 16 Oct
£968pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
Hainan Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow
5 Oct - 16 Oct
£968pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
PVG
Shanghai Pu Dong
Hainan Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow

Last minute flights to China

Late deals on return flights to China, departing today and this week
19 Aug - 5 Sep
£2,932pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow
17 Aug - 14 Sep
£3,655pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
SriLankan Airlines
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
17 Aug - 13 Sep
£4,679pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
CAN
Guangzhou Baiyun
China Southern
Direct
LHR
London Heathrow

COVID Restrictions

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Can I fly to China from United Kingdom right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from United Kingdom to China

Most visitors from United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter China.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 48 hours before departing to China.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to quarantine after entering China.

Documents
Health Declaration Form - Must be presented upon arrival


Can I fly back to United Kingdom from China?

Returning to United Kingdom from China

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from China are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering United Kingdom.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from China are not required to quarantine after entering United Kingdom.

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What is the cheapest month to fly to China?

The cheapest ticket to China found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
£1,548
February
£1,559
March
£1,511
April
£1,370
May
£1,407
June
£1,645
July
£1,765
August
£1,692
September
£1,765
October
£1,234
November
£1,245
December
£1,579
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to China is currently October; with July being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to China?

Average Shanghai flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month.
LON - CN2
Price
£918 - £4,879
CN2
Temperature
8 - 32 °C
CN2
Rainfall
4 - 44 mm

Peak season:

China has special festivals and events all throughout the year across the whole country so finding cheap flights to China can be a difficult feat to achieve. The busiest months are generally from October to December when the weather is hot. You’ll need to book your flights to China well in advance to save money on your flight tickets, especially if you are thinking of visiting during a festival or special day. The Chinese New Year is something that will stay with you for life, however, securing cheap flight tickets can be almost impossible so make sure to take this into account when you are searching for flights to China.

Off season:

Both the peak season and the off season vary depending on the part of China you are planning to fly into however as a rule of thumb expect to find the cheapest flights to China during the Winter. You’ll find better value flight tickets during Spring and Autumn and benefit from a lower tourist season for a lot of China, however, Autumn will provide you with fantastic weather and a lot less crowds.

When is the best time to book a flight to China?

You’ll find the best time to book your flights to China vary a lot depending on where in China you are planning to visit. Wherever it is you decide you should aim to secure your flight tickets at least 3 or 4 months in advance or earlier if you can. If you’re on a budget then definitely avoid special events and festivals as these will see the price of your flight tickets increase dramatically. Autumn is a great time to visit and you’ll find cheap flights to China are easier to come by, especially if you do some planning in advance and secure your flight tickets well ahead of time. Flexibility is key to trying to find the cheapest flights to China so if you can pick and choose virtually any major destination as well as any date then you should be able to find some great deals. Generally sitting on the right hand side of the plane offers you the best views on your flights to China and a reverse seat on the journey home however this can vary slightly depending on where exactly you’re flying to.

Where are the most popular flight destinations in China?

According to our users, the most popular flight destination in China is Beijing, followed by Shanghai, Guangzhou, Fuzhou and Chengdu.

How long is the flight to China?

Flights from London to Hong-Kong, China: 11 hours 35 minutes.

Flights from Manchester to Shanghai, China: 12 hours 55 minutes.

Flights from Birmingham to Hong-Kong, China: 14 hours 00 minutes.

Flights from Glasgow to Shanghai, China: 13 hours 10 minutes.

Which airlines operate flights to China?

Virgin Atlantic, Air China, China Eastern and British Airways among several others all provide flights to China. Due to the sheer distance and length of the journey you’ll struggle to find really cheap flights to China however the airline can vary the price slightly. That said the increased fee for flight tickets will normally be for slightly better comfort onboard the plane. Virgin Atlantic has a great range on in-flight entertainment as well as high levels of comfort and service. British Airways are also a good choice thanks to the complimentary food and drink they provide for the duration of the flight. Once you’ve settled on a location in China you can start comparing the different airlines to find one that offers you the best value for money whilst still providing comfort and customer service.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Hong-Kong:

The Airport Express is the quickest and easiest method of transport to get you to the city from the airport, taking around 25 minutes and running as often as every 10 minutes. The only other way would be to jump in a taxi outside of the airport but these can get very expensive, especially if you have a lot of baggage with you as you have to pay for each piece you with to take with you. If you’re considering a trip to Hong Kong then take a look at this detailed article and discover everything and anything about this magical city.

Shanghai:

The airport is around 30km away from downtown and there are a couple of options to choose from to help you get there. Firstly is the bus service. There are around 10 different airport buses that provide routes to the city; however buses in Shanghai can be very crowded and often difficult to understand without prior experience. Another option is the train which operates most of the day and only takes 8 minutes. It’s fast and hassle free once you’ve got your bearings of where to get off. Don’t get this confused with Subway Line 2, which also goes to the city but requires you to change over to a different shuttle during the journey. Taxis are another option and are relatively popular for travelling throughout Shanghai however you might find it easier to get to train to and from the airport and then rely on the taxis for any transportation throughout the city.

How popular are flights to China this year?

There has been a 34% increase in demand for China flights over the last year.

Cheapest flights to China

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