Find cheap flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai

Find cheap flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai

Search hundreds of travel sites at once for deals on flights to Shanghai

Return
Economy
Johannesburg (JNB)
Shanghai Hongqiao Intl
Fri 5/7
Fri 5/14
Any month
Compare vs KAYAK |

Good to know

Low season

NovemberBest time to beat the crowds (7% less expensive on average)

High season

DecemberMost popular time to fly (14% more expensive on average)

Average price (return flight)

R9 608(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal (return flight)

R8 640or less

Good deal one-way

R5 763or less

When to book flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai

Estimated return price
Average price per month
Flight prices as travel date approaches

Top tips for finding a cheap flight

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for R5 763 or less one-way and R8 640 or less round-trip.
  • The cheapest flight from Johannesburg to Shanghai was found, on average, 57 days before departure.
  • Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be November, December and January. The cheapest month to fly is November.

FAQs for booking flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai

How does KAYAK find such low prices on flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai?

How does KAYAK's flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy my flight ticket from Johannesburg to Shanghai?

What is the Hacker Fare option on flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai?

What is KAYAK's "flexible dates" feature and why should I care when looking for a flight from Johannesburg to Shanghai?

Top 3 airlines serving Johannesburg OR Tambo to Shanghai

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

8,0
Virgin Atlantic
Overall score based on 1 567 reviews
8,2
Boarding
7,7
Comfort
8,5
Crew
8,0
Entertainment
7,7
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "I like that there are multiple bathrooms onboard."
Cons: "The rows are so narrow between seats that your roll on suitcase will not fit. You have no elbow room in your seat. People who live in England are very rude and would not let those of us seated in front of them to deplane. Too bad there isn’t someway to make people wait their turn."

Pros: "Nothing really, seems everyone is underwhelming in this market"
Cons: "Quality of food and service"

Pros: "Entertainment and helpful staff"
Cons: "Had worst seat on plane on outward because I didn't know I could pick a seat free of charge before online checkin This could be a lack of communication on Kayak/Last Minute.com as opposed to Virgin"

Pros: "Speedy boarding and good locker space"
Cons: "Lack of room in seat especially with seat in front reclined."

Pros: "Virgin Atlantic is the best airline I’ve ever flown on internationally. The service is wonderful, from check in to inflight service. Everything went as planned. The food and drinks on board are free and they are an abundance of snacks, much more than we dreamed. The flight attendants are excellent"
Cons: "No. Keep up the good work!"

Pros: "Most of it was of a reasonable standard."
Cons: "Plane was full"

Pros: "The crew were all excellent"
Cons: "Dinner choice was poor. Starter was just a few salad leaves."

Pros: "Crew were great! Neck cushions on chair aren’t adjustable and not comfortable."

Pros: "The crew was maybe average, that was still the best point."
Cons: "Extremely tight space. The food was almost inedible. Awful."

Cons: "Nobody was sat in the overwing emergency exit row seats for the whole flight (so nobody had been briefed on how to use them) and the tray tables for these seats were down during the flight effectively blocking the emergency exit in the event of an emergency. Potentially very dangerous"

Pros: "- Special meals available for those with dietary restrictions. - Friendly cabin crew."
Cons: "- Boarding kept getting delayed without any warning. - Duty free purchase was meant to be collected just before boarding the plane but mine was not there. This was not so much an issue but the man said he would have my bag sent to my seat and I was subsequently approached by a crew member who asked for my receipt. Which he was holding in his hand. I would have thought it would be quite easy to confirm the person without them having the receipt as the their name and seat number is on the receipt but he had to go back and check if it was okay. - Found it hard to sleep on the overnight flight due to uncomfortable seats. Would probably not be an issue in upper class. - No comment on entertainment as did not use it."

Pros: "Very short flight (43 minutes) No food, entertainment or beverage service. Staff did not check young children were strapped in prior to take off resulting in a two year old standing on dads lap throughout take off, flight and landing."
Cons: "Lack of importance shown to safety of young children."

Pros: "- Presence of entire box sets of some TV shows was a nice touch that I made good use of."
Cons: "- EVERY damn movie is prefaced by 4 minutes of ads. - The touchscreens (at least in economy) are slow resistive screens that are horrible for fine control gestures (like slightly changing the volume or position)"

Pros: "Top glass airline"
Cons: "I lake food and good service crew"

Pros: "The crew were friendly."
Cons: "The food was okay. There were more tasty options traveling to Heathrow versus from Heathrow to the NYC. The boarding process was a mess. We had to wait in an enormous line and then take a bus to the flight."

Cons: "One particular female member of crew could do with a refresher course in customer care service !!!!! I asked for water and she gave me something else, when I told her very nicely that I had asked her for water she began to argue with me that I hadn’t, I thought her very rude, (what happened to the customer is always right) I have been flying with Virgin for twenty years twice a year sometimes even three !!!! and never been spoken to like this from any other member of staff!!!!"

Pros: "The cabin crew were excellent!"
Cons: "I paid extra for Economy Delight seats for me and my wife. Shortly after take-off, our calm and comfortable more or less empty section of the aircraft was colonised by an extended family of Orthodox Jews in a kind of airborne West Bank situation. They weren’t in our section of the cabin at all to start with, and I don’t know why they were apparently able to get a free upgrade that I had to pay £100 for. We went from being in an almost empty cabin to being basically sat in the middle of an Orthodox Jewish kindergarten. It was awful! They were noisy, messy, were constantly getting in and out of their seats, the back of my seat kept getting kicked, and there was even a baby crawling around the aisle. We were surrounded. I have no idea whether this is characteristic of Orthodox Jewish family life, or just a completely inconsiderate family. They didn’t exactly ruin my flight, but they didn’t make it enjoyable either. I asked to be moved. The cabin crew were great and acknowledged the difficulty of the situation. My wife lost her window seat but at least we still had the legroom and peace and quiet."

Pros: "2 bags each 23 kilogram each total 46"
Cons: "Coffee. I don't know what it was but the worst coffee I have ever had and I tried it 3 times"

Pros: "Complimentary newspaper Food service"
Cons: "Overhead reading light"

Pros: "Talk about an awesome experience. I loved the friendly staff and the accommodations were superb. I could ask for no better. Even the food was excellent."
Cons: "I have nothing but praise."

Cons: "Too much food - not enough time to sleep in comfort!"

Pros: "Francesca was the flight attende t that I had most the most interactions with was very friendly and warm."

Pros: "Safety. Service."
Cons: "Lavatory was icky and other passengers messy."

Pros: "The entertainment selection was good, though I didn't need to see the blurb about having vloggers available before every movie. One of the very few airlines to use boarding by rows, which speeds up the boarding process."
Cons: "The legroom is very cramped, pretty difficult to eat your meal with the seat in front reclined. The crew were not very attentive: they completely missed me while I was waving the rubbish on their collection rounds. In the end I had to dump it myself in the toilet bins. The PA system is too loud compared to the rest of the entertainment, had to remove the headphones for each one of them."

Pros: "Very polite and helpful staff."

Pros: "Entertainment selection Cabin Service associates were very good WiFi service available"
Cons: "The planes are old and tired, new 787s on this route are long overdue. Thomson's premium service is an improved offering over Virgin and offers more inclusive extras such as lounge access. There is no wonder wall on the 747 only a wonder "basket" If you are flying from Gatwick, upgrading to premium isn't worth it. Go to upper class or fly with another airline. Check in was quicker for Economy passengers and it proved a challenge to work past the economy passengers during boarding to get to the premium agent."

Pros: "Entertainment system worked well. Good choices."
Cons: "Food decent, but not enough fluids offered during flight . Was very dehydrated by end."

Pros: "courteous attendants"
Cons: "Aircraft amenities. Small 737 for a long international flight. Waiting for busses in both Bali and Sydney."

Cons: "Seat cushion r not soft comfortable enough. R hard. Hard My butt"

Pros: "Nothing because I was given a middle seat"
Cons: "6'4 and I get a middle seat.."

Pros: "Food"
Cons: "Seat reclining happens even during meal time and landing! I had to ask crew to get passenger in front to put seat back upright during meal time!!! Crew should've noticed themselves and ask the passenger without my prompting!! So annoyed!! I complained to VA too"

Pros: "The crew where very attentive and helpful."
Cons: "The ticket agent was anal about 1-2 kgs for our checked luggage and even weighed our carry on luggage...which no agent had done on our entire trip from atlanta to melb. Seemed pointless and a hassle for 1-2 kgs."

Pros: "Nothing - except the toilets with tabs for lifting the seat & adjustable headrest. They forgot to load our toiletries overnight pack too!"
Cons: "The 787 has vastly inadequate Economy toilets - ONLY 4! For 200 passengers. Inadequate lighting for,boarding, unable to activate reading lights until AFTER TAKEOFF = groping in semi darkness, BAD! No window blinds = woken up by blazing sun in middle of 11 hr night flight, even with sleeping pills my sleep was wrecked, even with eyemask. Passengers penned in on narrow aisles by trolleys, unable to walk around plane & risk of DVT. Passengers disempowered by restricted space, lighting, mobility. I want more control over my personal mobility &, lighting. Horrible headsets (bring my own). This flight departed 2.5 HRs LATE from JHB & the crew & cavin service was SLOW. NO requested second cup of tea brought - I waited 20 mins & climbed over trolleys to get another one, even though it was requested of cabin crew. Do they just ignore us? Or forget?"

Pros: "They were were very kind and helpful to all passengers"

Cons: "If the luggage fees were to be included in the price, I would have gladly chosen Emirates for its comfort at that price."

Pros: "The people at Check-in were fantastic - found out you have to check-in more than an hour before flight. They close an hour before to taking bags for international flights. Although right at an hour was late, they reopened for us."

Pros: "Crew was awesome and their service was great. I liked that they put snacks like fruit out to eat during the flight."
Cons: "The meals were terrible. I flew on VA a couple of years ago and the food was very good but it has really gone down since then."

Cons: "Everyone was delightful during the entire flight."

Pros: "New Dreamliner aircraft was very comfortable with loads of leg room for a tall person like myself at 1.76m"
Cons: "My seat was directly under the aircon and it was blowing very cold all night which made it quite uncomfortable. Fortunately I had an extra blanket which I could wrap over my head."

Pros: "Plenty of leg room Open area for self-serve snacks and non-alcoholic drinks Food was very good Super friendly attendants"

Pros: "Food was very good crew were pleasant and helpful"
Cons: "Seats are very hard"

Pros: "The space you have with your legs is sufficient and the chairs are very comfortable. The food was really nice. I enjoyed the trip, although it was a long one."

Pros: "Everything except the plane itself"
Cons: "Plane cramped"

Pros: "Not much not to like about this experience except for cramped seating in coach."

Cons: "My video monitor didn't work so I couldn't watch movies, asked the crew twice to help and they never did. Then to top off a terrible 10 hour flight with no entertainment, my bag never made it. Worst experience ever"

Pros: "Entertainment had a good selection"
Cons: "Seat very narrow. I'm a 5'5" 135 lb female."

Pros: "It arrived on time"
Cons: "The most miserable 10 hours of my year, so far. Sat in economy. Small seats. Uncomfortable seats. Design of headrest made comfort an impossibility."

Pros: "Plane was new or newly appointed interior. Bin space very adequate. Lavatory larger than usual. Crew was friendly. Dinner choices good and quality better than norm in American carriers."
Cons: "Snack and breakfast were odd, centered somewhat on dairy products (annoying if lactose intolerant)."

Pros: "Top notch for a long economy class flight. Great new plane!"

Pros: "Amazing friendly crew. Spot on entertainment!!!"
Cons: "Toilet facilities could have been cleaner"

Cons: "cramped boarding space and Addis airport. Inadequate space for volume of traffic. Capital investment in expansion required if Ethiopian to compete!"

Cons: "Better veg food, Ask and provide water to drink when flight is 10 hrs long. Not just provide lunch and dinner."

Pros: "Take off was quick, as well as deplaning"
Cons: "the little cornbread cake was pretty bad."

Pros: "We had a ridiculously tight transit, arriving in Addis Ababa 20 minutes before our Madrid flight was meant to depart, and I was amazed by the outstanding support and assistance provided by the ground staff. Every single person who was meant to make the connecting flight did—and our luggage did too!"

Cons: "Entertainment is non existent. Plane is tatty."

Pros: "The crew was okay, though a little bit occupied and thus ignoring some of the customers' requests. The seats are comfortable and spacious with enough leg room"
Cons: "The food could have been better. Honestly much better"

Pros: "Comfortable because the plane wasn't full."
Cons: "Check in and boarding was atrocious. We were told that we wouldn't be allowed to go to the gate if we didn't get through the check in but it wasn't our fault that it was taking so long. There weren't anywhere near enough staff and so by the time we managed to check in we had to go straight to the gate. Same thing when boarding. Took far too long and there was an inevitable delay with no apology. Plane ok. One toilet out of order so had to walk the length of the plane. Games no good without a handset and very few new movies."

Cons: "Flight attendants where bothered to serve us beer, water or any other snack during he flight. I had to beg in both occasions to have my tray taken from my seat."

Pros: "Excellent airline overall Great seats for sleeping"
Cons: "Business class seats are not well appointed Nowhere to put a bottle of water - storage handbag and shoes etc could not be reached without undoing the seatbelt and screen far away from the seat Voice commentary was muffled and therefore unable to be heard"

Pros: "Loved the meals and the leg room"
Cons: "The entertainment could have been better but overall was not too bad"

Pros: "Leg space, TV screen and entertainment and the decline of the seat."
Cons: "The toilets floors could be cleaned often. The food service cart could move for urgent pass to the toilet."

Cons: "Boarding was a bit strange - everyone seated at the gate had to get up, leave the area, and then wait in line to have their passports checked before sitting back down in the same area. After that though, boarding was perfectly smooth & honestly one of the fastest I’ve seen!"

Pros: "Having never even heard of Ethiopian Airline, our expectations weren’t very high. We found the boarding process to work well. The staff was great and the meals were very good. The flights were on time and efficient."
Cons: "On many of the flights we had to use the roll up stairs. The water that they served tasted like tap water. The seats seem closer (less leg room) than other airlines."

Pros: "Everything was on time, high quality, and enjoyable"
Cons: "There was a fight on the llane but it was because a passenger with mental issues was provoked by a couple so ahe beat up the wife. This was not caused by ET and crew at all, but they stopped it."

Pros: "The food served is awesome and sufficient. The flights are comfortable and the crew are friendly. My luggage came right on time and was properly handled"
Cons: "Well there was no entertainment in the flight. That is it"

Pros: "The pretty ladies"
Cons: "Lost luggage and horrible food"

Cons: "Did not provide special meal although I called ahead to request it."

Pros: "Comfortable, excellent service"
Cons: "Nothing - everything was fine."

Pros: "Aircraft A350 super nice entertainment t equipment and interior very clean."
Cons: "Lost my luggage, could not trace it and no compensation."

Pros: "The plane is spacious lost of leg room"
Cons: "can improve on the food"

Pros: "Entertainment"
Cons: "Food"

Cons: "Your cheapo ripoff insurance wouldn't pay when I had to cancel due to terrorism threats in and around Ouagadougou. Is there ever a better reason to cancel a flight?!"

Pros: "The staff assistance Kosher food was great"
Cons: "Overhead baggage compartment was taken over by cups and stuff"

Pros: "The crew where very pleasant & the service on the plane was good"
Cons: "A small plane and not enough leg space, you could not choose your on movie, didn’t have much choice of the meal that was served"

Pros: "USB plug, nice TV/ entertainment"

Cons: "I sent them an email about an issue with my flight but they didn't get back to me"

Cons: "Chairs were not reclining. Asked for blanket and didn't get one so I was cold."

Pros: "nice movie but that's all"
Cons: "chair and light broken. tasteless food. small screens"

Pros: "Cabin crew were all charming."
Cons: "Unfortunately, I had to request earphones (which were not supplied in the seat pocket in front of me) five times from three different attendants over the course of an hour and a quarter before I was given them. This was not just so I could watch a movie but because the quality of the plane's public address system made it very difficult to listen to the announcements from the captain and the crew. Listening on earphones I was able to hear everything clearly. Why it had to take so long just to give me earphones I don't know."

Pros: "Great prices, and helpful staff"
Cons: "The food was mediocre, almost poor."

Pros: "Excellent chicken dish"

Pros: "When I originally booked this trip it was with one connection and a 16 hour commute time. They added legs to my trip which significantly increased travel time. I tried to cancel my flight because I booked the flight with the necessity of arriving by specific days and times and they insisted on charging me for it so I just forfeited my seat and trip all together. There's nothing good to say about Ethiopian airlines."
Cons: "They are very unprofessional and unhelpful and I'll never book them again."

Cons: "Crew was not friendly and seemed to ignore my requests. Seat was not comfortable. Food was okay."

Pros: "POLITE AND GENTLE CREWS. SERVICE WITH A SMILE. AIR FARE REASONABLE COMPARED TO OTHER AIRLINES"
Cons: "IF FARE IS CHEAP THAN THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE SERVICES SHOULD BE POOR"

Cons: "We boarded around midnight and after supper, I am accustomed to a few hours of the lights turned off for rest. Even though I requested the crew said it was not policy and I should use the yellow mask (which sadly does not block out the light). I think a few hours off dimmed lights would greatly enhance comfort levels."

Pros: "Crew on flight were very nice and responding."
Cons: "The flight was delayed but they didn't tell us, they kept saying we are about to board the flight in a few minute. eventually it was an hour late. It's not a big delay but the way they acted like they didn't know anything and didn't tell us anything was not OK. Other then that flight was fine. there is no electricity or multimedia and not even a USB charge!"

Pros: "Comfortable. Crew excellent. On time. Efficient on boarding and landing - good information throughout"
Cons: "Addis Ababa airport very crowded with no seat available for five hour stopover. Food outlets limited"

Cons: "On both flights. From Tel Aviv to Addis Ababa and from Addis Ababa to Tel Aviv my seat would not recline. These were night flights and the seat in front of me did recline. so it was a very unpleasent experiance"

Pros: "The food. And the on board entertainment. Staff was also nice but a little bit sloppy and slow."
Cons: "Flight was delayed. No information was given on this. Also,Addis adaba is not a tier 1 Airport. I'd rather pay the same. Money to go through Qatar or dubai."

Pros: "Service & Staff"
Cons: "Toilets always get messy because there are many people flying for the first time and some using a public toilet (or even flush toilet) for first time ever. They need instructions in the bathroom for how to use the toilet, how to keep it clean, how to dispose of trash, how to flush toilet paper, etc. If fly all over the world, but every time I fly from Africa it's the same mess, regardless of airline. Simple instructions would help - they cannot assume all of their clients have used flush toilets when over 80% of Africans do not have them."

Pros: "The food and the crew were nice. The entertainment would go in and out, with the buttons malfunctioning at times."
Cons: "Started boarding 4 hours after scheduled departure. Though there was bad weather, our departure was still delayed way past the "adverse weather" conditions at the airport. In the 4 hours we were in Washington, there was no communication whatsoever. No one to inform us of us potentially missing our ADD to JHB connecting flight. None of the workers wanted to help us."

Pros: "Would have liked to have seen more of the cabin crew, but they were pleasant."
Cons: "Food choice was limited. Ethiopian often ran out of meals and just gave me whatever option they had left. Entertainment system didn't always work properly."

Pros: "Boarding was okay and crew were friendly"
Cons: "extremely old airplane, mediocre food, almost non-existent in-flight entertainment."

Pros: "Plane from AA to tA seats very cramped and seats do not recline."

Pros: "EVERY THING WAS ON TIME"
Cons: "FOOD NOT GOOD"

Cons: "The person at the check in counter initially gave me a different seat than the one I chose online but changed it after I asked for the same seat I had selected online, hone of the worst seats on theplanee also changed my seat for the addis ababa to manila leg without my knowlege and gave me one of the worst seats on the plane. Ruined the trip for me"

Pros: "It's extremely convenient to be able to fly from Manila to Addis Ababa with only one short, 1-hour stop in Bangkok with no need to change planes. And from Addis there are flights leading to multiple African destinations. So nice not to have to make connecting flights first to Hong Kong or Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. It's a very convenient airline route. The plane was a new Dreamliner 787, the staff were professional and pleasant and the food was plentiful and pretty good."

Pros: "Dreamliner is a great plane"
Cons: "My luggage didn't make my connection. Came 2 days later though."

Pros: "The plane is spacious. It gives leg comfort"

Pros: "I finally got to where I needed to be."
Cons: "Try be get there on time and not have to delay from original schedule for 5 hours."

Pros: "seat so so"

Cons: "Occidental snacks could be great"

Pros: "Crew was very friendly and helpful."
Cons: "Not a thing"

Pros: "The service"

Pros: "The crew and boarding was great. Food was ok."
Cons: "Online check in was not possible and when asking for extra leg room at the gate options were limited. I was told I would be on an exit row and window. However, I was one seat forward of that. It was technically a window seat if you don't count the jump seat for the crew... To top it off, a red eye flight with a seat that does not recline is no good. I do understand that being 6'5" causes air travel to be more difficult. It just seems that some airlines are more accommodating than others."

Pros: "Boarding was quick & efficient."
Cons: "Seats were not comfortable and food was not the best but for the money, it is what you would expect."

Cons: "Customer service on the flight was poor ."

Pros: "New York to Beijing plane was new."
Cons: "Not have salt pepper tooth pick.Halfway of plane juice finish. In this long flight no have snacks"

Cons: "No notification that my itinerary required a visa - despite a 144hr transfer allowance for both Shanghai and Beijing it does not apply if you fly in at one and out the other! You only 24 hrs in that case. And I found this out at the gate in Osaka."

Pros: "Flight smooth, better entertainment anf food is average."
Cons: "Flight attendants cannot communicate well."

Pros: "The plane did not crash, I was able to get aboard. The tomato juice was good."
Cons: "I arrived at the gate having found out that someone had cancelled my ticket. I had, had to pay $800 on my flight to Seoul, since they would not let me board because of a late connecting flight. Sometime during re-issue of my destination ticket, someone cancelled my return flight. Though 3 hours early, I had to wait for the counter to open, and then wait an hour and a half standing at the counter to get a ticket. There was no entertainment. The orange juice was not drinkable. I had to run through the Beijing Airport. so many security checks and my bag was searched many times during this trip. my toothpaste was confiscated though it had only about 3 uses left it was a full size tube rolled down to the last bit."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I lost two days due to this mistake."

Pros: "Everything fine"

Pros: "Very good services"
Cons: "Could have used newer model aircraft"

Pros: "Crew was excellent"

Pros: "Overall my experience with China Airlines was excellent. The food was good, staff provided exceptional customer service, and all time requirements were on schedule."
Cons: "I wish the movie and tv show selection can have more verity. Also want to piont our that at some point my bottom was hurting from sitting down so I eventually had to put the small pillow on the seat to make it more comfortable."

Pros: "Provided entertainment and meals were excellent"
Cons: "Seat plug did not work and crew lied about no more entree and brought two individuals of own ethnicity (Chinese) that asked after me. Waited 45 min for water when asked. I got there three hrs early and had to sit towards back bc airport said that they were not assigning seats behind business class up to 45 at all."

Pros: "Good service, comfortable seats"

Pros: "AVML was very good thanks to German catering."
Cons: "Outdated electronic device policy. Can't even operate in flight mode. While other airlines offer wifi service (LH, UA ETC)."

Pros: "Good services, arrive on time."
Cons: "Waited a long time for the shuttle transfer after getting off the plane."

Pros: "price"
Cons: "1) food 2) no transit zone in shanghai (4x through customs) 3) cant use phone (even in the flight mode)"

Cons: "Flight delayed 3+ hours, missed my connection"

Cons: "I flew Alaska Airlines to San Jose and San Jose to Shanghai on air China. I was told by Alaska my baggage would be carried all the way through to Pudong airport. My baggage claim ticked showed that. When I got to PVG Pudong airport in Shanghai my baggage was not there they were not very helpful and difficult to understand. They told me they thought my baggage would come ther on another flight and gave me a form. By the next evening I had not heard from them. I emailed them again and I'm currently in Japan waiting to see if they will send me my luggage. Do not expect the kind of customer service in China as you would in the US or Japan.Shanghai airport is, at best, difficult to navigate...stay away from all the taxi solicitors."

Cons: "very inconvinient"

Pros: "Price price and price!"
Cons: "Food! Horrible in one word. Shanghai connection is too long and wastes a page in my passport: why should I pass the security and passport checks only to turn around and fly away? Clearly this can be improved so that the transit passengers can transit without customs"

Pros: "The price"
Cons: "The Food, Staff, and overall attitude of everyone we felt with. Layover in china was a nightmare worst bathrooms I have seen since India!!"

Pros: "It was cheap"

Pros: "Flight crew was attentive and food was good"
Cons: "If there were empty seats, potentially relocating people so you could have a little bit of elbow room?"

Pros: "flight was cancelled. No options given, nor information about reimbursement given"

Cons: "Flight was 18hrs late, and we were kept at the boarding gate the whole time without information from ground crew. We were not offered hotel room or meal coupon, only instant noodles. It was a very bad experience for us."

Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "The flight was delayed so late that I missed my international connecting flight home despite leaving a four hour gap. The inflight service was pathetic. The food was atrocious, the media system was broken, there was not wifi, and they did not allow the use of cellphones the entire duration of the flight even in airplane mode. The ground staff was completely unhelpful. I was barely able to secure an alternative flight home after about a half hour of negotiating. I don't think I could have got the flight at all had I not spoke Chinese. None of the other foreign nationals were able to get a new flight. The flight they put on back home had to stop in Hawaii and cost me a good extra 8 hours. I got home 12 hours later than I had anticipated. I am filing for compensation. What a joke. Air China shouldn't even both with international flights if all their domestic flights are delayed and they are barely able to help customers speaking their native language (to say nothing of English)."

Pros: "The seat next to me was empty."
Cons: "Air China had a delayed flight so I would miss my connection and their representatives in Beijing were rude about helping me contact my family to let them know about the situation. The food was the worst I've ever had and no one had beverages on the plane, I had to go get it myself."

Pros: "Smiles of flight attendants and services"
Cons: "Flight delayed, limits of food choices"

Pros: "The ticket agent in Manila was by far the most helpful, Professional and Articulate Agent I have ever met. I certainly tip my hat to Air China and those Professionals used to Ticket and assist Passengers.. I flew into Los Angeles from Pittsburgh, Pa On United Airlines Two week Prior and was charged an Excessive Baggage Fees , not counting the high priced Ticket and made to feel like an animal. Although I paid 436 USD for the ticket, I was treated as though they were flying me for free. (United Airlines) I wish the Local Airlines could learn from the International Airlines when it comes to common courtesy."

Pros: "Air China got me on the earliest flight the next morning, which was a China Southern fight. It was awesome that they were willing to change the airline and cut their losses to keep me happy. They also put me up in a hotel overnight."
Cons: "My fight from JFK to Beijing was delayed so I messed the flight from Beijing to YNJ."

Pros: "Overall airline experience was nice. Good food, comfortable seating."
Cons: "At the airport, clerks insisted we check our baggage, and upon collection in Bangkok, there was a note inside informing me that customs had removed 3 valuable batteries from my bag."

Pros: "Clean plane delay"

Cons: "Delayed for 2.5 hours."

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "They accidentally switched my last name and first name."

Pros: "Literally nothing about this flight was enjoyable"
Cons: "Paid for exit row. Was a woman with infant on lap in same row. Staff is extremely rude. Unhelpful. Plane not in good condition. Food is horrible."

Pros: "I got upgraded to economy plus and the staff was fantastic"

Cons: "They serve the same food for both meals, and on all other flights. I got sick of chicken and rice, pork and rice, and noodles. The seats are the most uncomfortable I've dealt with on an international flight. And my luggage didn't make the connection for my Beijing-NY flight, so I had to deal with lost luggage after waiting at the baggage claim for a long time. Luckily, I live in NY and could have my luggage delivered later that night. Other people were not so lucky and were told FedEx would get it to them 4 days later. However, having said all that, I feel like you get what you pay for, and I got an incredible deal on this round-trip flight."

Pros: "How can you expect people to sit on a plane for 13 or 14 hours and not supply in flight wifi. It is unthinkable and backwards."
Cons: "I will pay slightly more money to get a more comfortable seat and a little more room."

Pros: "Crew disengaged the smoke detector in order to smoke on board. There was a significant water leak in the business class bathroom that was not addressed. No communication of safety issues between the crew and pilots. Apparently the crew must be dissallusioned to think rules don't apply to them over international waters."
Cons: "Terrible airline with several safety violations. Stay away from this one."

Cons: "Air china flight attendants are extremely rude. I don't know if they're over worked but they definitely aren't happy"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Terrible service (worse than United...!!) Cattle food."

Cons: "They did not put my bag on the flight and then my flight was delayed so I missed my connection. They refused to pay for my hotel, or a new flight my bag has been lost now for over a week."

Pros: "The plane was fairly comfortable and had decent leg room. The boarding was prompt and efficient and we arrived about 20 mins really."
Cons: "The food and service is very basic. The bathroom was not cleaned during the flight and got pretty gross somewhere over the Pacific. The food was really simple and not very tasty. China still has some rules which state you can't use your phone for the entire flight so I had to keep it hidden to listen to music."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Worst experience ever... All of my negative feedback applies to this entire airline and trip to/from. Air China is not even worth my time anymore... So will not go in to much detail. They treated us like dirt... Will never fly with them again... And to be perfectly honest, will likely never book through kayak again. This was my first time booking with kayak and will probably be my last as this experience was beyond terrible"

Read more about Virgin Atlantic
COVID-19 information

Safety measures for airlines flying from Johannesburg to Shanghai

Airlines flying from Johannesburg to Shanghai have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.

Heightened sanitation

Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai

Mandatory masks

Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai

Social distancing seating

Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai

Pre-flight testing

Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai

Book cheap flights from Johannesburg to Shanghai

Recent return flight deals

3/8
Tue
2 stops
Multiple Airlines
26h 00m
JNB - PVG
10/8
Tue
2 stops
Multiple Airlines
29h 30m
PVG - JNB
3/8
Tue
1 stop
Ethiopian Air
19h 15m
JNB - PVG
9/8
Mon
1 stop
Ethiopian Air
18h 45m
PVG - JNB
13/8
Fri
1 stop
Virgin Atlantic
31h 15m
JNB - PVG
17/8
Tue
1 stop
Virgin Atlantic
28h 25m
PVG - JNB
13/8
Fri
2 stops
Air China
30h 25m
JNB - PVG
17/8
Tue
1 stop
Air China
25h 45m
PVG - JNB
3/8
Tue
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
33h 25m
JNB - PVG
10/8
Tue
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
46h 40m
PVG - JNB
13/8
Fri
1 stop
Ethiopian Air
19h 15m
JNB - PVG
16/8
Mon
1 stop
Ethiopian Air
18h 45m
PVG - JNB
3/8
Tue
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
33h 25m
JNB - PVG
10/8
Tue
2 stops
Multiple Airlines
29h 30m
PVG - JNB
13/8
Fri
1 stop
Ethiopian Air
19h 15m
JNB - PVG
16/8
Mon
1 stop
Ethiopian Air
18h 45m
PVG - JNB
13/8
Fri
1 stop
Virgin Atlantic
31h 15m
JNB - PVG
17/8
Tue
1 stop
Virgin Atlantic
28h 25m
PVG - JNB
3/8
Tue
1 stop
Multiple Airlines
19h 15m
JNB - PVG
10/8
Tue
1 stop
Multiple Airlines
17h 00m
PVG - JNB
13/8
Fri
1 stop
Virgin Atlantic
31h 15m
JNB - PVG
17/8
Tue
1 stop
Virgin Atlantic
28h 25m
PVG - JNB
3/8
Tue
1 stop
Ethiopian Air
19h 15m
JNB - PVG
9/8
Mon
3 stops
Ethiopian Air
41h 15m
PVG - JNB
13/8
Fri
2 stops
Air China
30h 25m
JNB - PVG
17/8
Tue
1 stop
Air China
25h 30m
PVG - JNB
3/8
Tue
1 stop
Multiple Airlines
31h 15m
JNB - PVG
10/8
Tue
2 stops
Multiple Airlines
29h 30m
PVG - JNB
13/8
Fri
3 stops
Air China
26h 40m
JNB - PVG
17/8
Tue
1 stop
Air China
25h 45m
PVG - JNB
13/8
Fri
3 stops
Air China
26h 40m
JNB - PVG
17/8
Tue
1 stop
Air China
20h 00m
PVG - JNB
3/8
Tue
1 stop
Multiple Airlines
19h 15m
JNB - PVG
9/8
Mon
2 stops
Multiple Airlines
42h 30m
PVG - JNB
13/8
Fri
3 stops
Air China
26h 40m
JNB - PVG
17/8
Tue
1 stop
Air China
24h 15m
PVG - JNB
13/8
Fri
2 stops
Air China
29h 20m
JNB - PVG
17/8
Tue
1 stop
Air China
20h 00m
PVG - JNB
3/8
Tue
3 stops
Ethiopian Air
45h 20m
JNB - PVG
9/8
Mon
3 stops
Ethiopian Air
41h 40m
PVG - JNB
Show more results

Recent one-way flight deals

18/6
Fri
2 stops
Multiple Airlines
32h 45m
JNB - PVG
18/6
Fri
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
28h 30m
JNB - PVG
18/6
Fri
1 stop
Virgin Atlantic
31h 15m
JNB - PVG
18/6
Fri
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
44h 15m
JNB - SHA
17/6
Thu
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
30h 35m
JNB - PVG
18/6
Fri
2 stops
Multiple Airlines
33h 45m
JNB - SHA
Show more results
-
1
  • Return
  • One-way
  • Multi-city
  • Trip Builder
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
  • Multiple
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First