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Flights to China

The best price found from United States to China is on April 4th, 2019, travelling with jetBlue. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

Boston Logan International
from $265.00
Shanghai Hongqiao

Getting around by air


The cheapest tickets to Hong Kong and China exist on price comparison websites or in discount agencies in Chinatowns around the world. Budget and student-travel agents offer cheap tickets, but the real bargains are with agents that deal with the Chinese, who regularly return home. Airfares to China peak between June and September.

The cheapest flights to China are with airlines requiring a stopover at the home airport, such as Air France to Běijīng via Paris, or Malaysia Airlines to Běijīng via Kuala Lumpur.

The best direct ticket deals are available from China’s international carriers, such as China Eastern Airlines, Air China or China Southern Airlines.

Airports & Airlines

Hong Kong, Běijīng and Shànghǎi are China’s principal international air gateways; Báiyún International Airport in Guǎngzhōu is of lesser, but growing, importance.

Báiyún International Airport In Guǎngzhōu; receiving an increasing number of international flights.

Capital Airport Běijīng’s international airport; three terminals.

Hong Kong International Airport On an island off the northern coast of Lantau and connected to the mainland by several spans.

Hóngqiáo Airport In Shànghǎi’s west; domestic flights, some international connections.

Pǔdōng International Airport In Shànghǎi’s east; international flights.

China doesn't have one single national airline, but large airlines that operate both domestic and international flights. The largest are Air China (www.airchina.com); China Eastern Airlines (www.ce-air.com), based in Shànghǎi; and China Southern Airlines (www.cs-air.com), based in Guǎngzhōu. They fly to China from the US, Europe, Australia/New Zealand and other parts of Asia. Benefits can include a generous checked luggage allowance, and sometimes a night's accommodation when stopping over on the way to other destinations – great for visa-free travel. Multiple international carriers also fly to China along similar routes.

Some smaller airlines that offer international flights to China:

AirAsia (www.airasia.com)

Asiana Airlines (www.flyasiana.com)

Dragon Air (www.dragonair.com)

Tiger Airways (www.tigerairways.com)

Vietnam Airlines (www.vietnamair.com.vn)