$351.56 Total Round Trip Los Angeles — Shanghai

You can travel from Los Angeles to Shanghai for as little as $351.56 round trip as a passenger on airplanes operated by Sichuan Airlines when you book your tickets through Momondo; and your itinerary can last as long as a couple of months — or as few as two days if you want a quick turnaround…

$351.56 Total Round Trip Los Angeles — Shanghai

…but keep in mind that your trip could be anywhere between 23 hours to 41 hours each way, as Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the home hub airport for Sichuan Airlines.

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: Momondo.

Then again, you will likely get to be a passenger aboard a new Airbus A350 airplane, which Sichuan Airlines operates between Los Angeles International Airport and Hangzhou International Airport; and between Hangzhou International Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.

Dates appear to be wide open for this airfare this month through the beginning of May; and again from late August through the end of November.

You can book this airfare directly with the airline; or you can book through the following travel agencies for as little as $360.23 round trip, which are affiliate links through which I get a commission if you book your flight — such as:

Departure From Other Cities in the United States

If you are not located in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area — or if you cannot travel to Los Angeles International Airport — you may be able to enjoy savings when you depart from other cities in the United States.

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: Momondo.

For example, you can fly as a passenger on airplanes operated by Air China between New York and Shanghai for $482.00 round trip when you book your airfare through Momondo.

If you are interested in traveling to Shanghai, use Momondo to see what a round trip ticket originating from your preferred airport will cost.


Remember that the cost of a visa to visit China is $140.00 if China is indeed your final destination.

You may also use this airfare as a way to get to Asia and then continue on to other countries, which may be less expensive than traveling to other countries directly. If so, then the visa requirement is waived if you visit Shanghai or elsewhere in China for greater than six days or 144 hours without having to purchase a visa if you are heading onward to a third country — with the exception of the following nine areas in China, where you can only stay three days or 72 hours without needing to purchase a visa:

Port of entry Areas permitted to stay
Changsha Huanghua International Airport Hunan Province
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport Chongqing
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Guangdong Province
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport Guilin
Harbin Taiping International Airport Harbin
Qingdao Liuting International Airport Shandong Province
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport Wuhan
Xi’an Xianyang International Airport Xi’an and Xianyang
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport Xiamen

This article was written from the perspective of someone based in the United States. If you are based elsewhere, you may encounter different airfares and visa requirements.

If you are thinking about staying at Hyatt On The Bund in Shanghai, please read this article about my experience staying there.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.


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2 thoughts on “$351.56 Total Round Trip Los Angeles — Shanghai”

  1. visa required says:

    Transit without visa either 72 or 144 hours requires going to a third country. Straight up fares to China likes the ones you posted still requires a visa for Americans.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I meant to add that to the article, visa required, as you are correct based on my own experience when I traveled from Seoul to Manila via Shanghai.

      Thank you.

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