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Travel time from Shanghai to Tokyo

Shanghai to Tokyo airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Shanghai to Tokyo? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Tokyo, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.

Tuesday, 1:53 pm:  start in Shanghai
drive for about 42 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:00 pm at the latest

2:35 pm:  Hongqiao International (SHA)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:30 pm

2:50 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

3:20 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

3:35 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

3:50 pm:  board Air China flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:15 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SHA
fly for about 2.5 hours in the air

7:58 pm (local time):  Tokyo International (HND)
Tokyo is 1 hour ahead of Shanghai
so the time in Shanghai is actually 6:58 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

8:13 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at HND
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 28 minutes to your destination

8:41 pm (local time):  arrive in Tokyo

Total travel time: 6 hours

  Change your route

Flying non-stop from Shanghai to Tokyo

How far is Tokyo from Shanghai? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 1,107 miles or 1781 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 43 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 5 hours, 47 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.9x faster, and saves you about 4 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Tokyo Airports
  1. Tokyo Haneda Airport
  2. Narita International Airport

Alternate flights from Shanghai to Tokyo

The most common route is SHA to HND, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. PVG to NRT
    Pudong to Narita International
  2. PVG to HND
    Pudong to Tokyo International
  3. SHA to NRT
    Hongqiao International to Narita International
  4. PVG to OKO
    Pudong to Yokota AB
  5. PVG to TYO
    Pudong to Tokyo Metropolitan Area
  6. SHA to HND
    Hongqiao International to Tokyo International
  7. SHA to OKO
    Hongqiao International to Yokota AB
  8. SHA to TYO
    Hongqiao International to Tokyo Metropolitan Area

Airlines that fly to Tokyo

We picked Air China for your main flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. Air China (CA)
  2. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  3. Japan Air Lines Co. Ltd. (JL)
  4. China Eastern Airlines (MU)
  5. All Nippon Airways Co. (NH)

Plan a trip to Tokyo

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Tokyo, Japan. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Tokyo. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out The Peninsula Tokyo. A great place to eat might be Golden Gai. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Tokyo like Akihabara. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Tokyo like Exploring Tokyo solo for 3 days: Where to stay and what to do? Click the button below to explore Tokyo in detail.

What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Tokyo to Shanghai, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

If you happen to know Shanghai, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Shanghai!

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,107 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 43 minutes
Tokyo is 1 hour ahead of Shanghai
89 Shanghai travel answers
210 Tokyo travel answers

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