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Travel time from Tokyo to Shanghai

Tokyo to Shanghai airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Tokyo to Shanghai? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Shanghai, 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, 3:07 pm:  start in Tokyo
drive for about 28 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 4:30 pm at the latest

3:35 pm:  Tokyo International (HND)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 5:00 pm

4:05 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

5:05 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

5:35 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

5:50 pm:  board Air China flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:00 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

6:15 pm:  wheels up! take-off from HND
fly for about 2.5 hours in the air

7:58 pm (local time):  Pudong (PVG)
Shanghai is 1 hour behind Tokyo
so the time in Tokyo is actually 8:58 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

8:13 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at PVG
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 1.5 hours to your destination

9:28 pm (local time):  arrive in Shanghai

Total travel time: 7 hours

  Change your route

Flying non-stop from Tokyo to Shanghai

How far is Shanghai from Tokyo? 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 7 hours, 21 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.7x faster, and saves you about 5.5 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.

Shanghai Airports
  1. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
  2. Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Alternate flights from Tokyo to Shanghai

The most common route is HND to PVG, 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. NRT to PVG
    Narita International to Pudong
  2. HND to PVG
    Tokyo International to Pudong
  3. NRT to SHA
    Narita International to Hongqiao International
  4. OKO to PVG
    Yokota AB to Pudong
  5. TYO to PVG
    Tokyo Metropolitan Area to Pudong
  6. HND to SHA
    Tokyo International to Hongqiao International
  7. OKO to SHA
    Yokota AB to Hongqiao International
  8. TYO to SHA
    Tokyo Metropolitan Area to Hongqiao International

Airlines that fly to Shanghai

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

Plan a trip to Shanghai

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Shanghai, China. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Shanghai. A great place to eat might be BUND. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Shanghai like French Concession. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Shanghai like Most photogenic areas in Shanghai? Click the button below to explore Shanghai 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 Shanghai to Tokyo, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

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

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

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