With Star Alliance members Lufthansa, Swiss, and Austrian Airlines, you can currently book cheap flights in premium economy class from Scandinavia to Shanghai and Beijing. Tickets sell for as little as NOK 8,658 (~€746) from Oslo. You can also fly from Sweden for roughly €80 more.
The best prices are available from the following airports:
Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest price for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to Lufthansa with your selected flight dates.
Flights usually connect through Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, or Vienna (depending on the booked airline). The feeder flight is always in economy class. Then, you will continue in the premium economy class for the long-haul flight to Shanghai. The flight time from Munich is a little over 11 hours. Lufthansa typically operates an Airbus A350-900 on this route, with 21 seats in the premium economy cabin arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration.
Even you don’t mind paying a little more for even more comfort, you can also fly in business class for a discounted price:
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The offer is valid without a sales period and shows excellent availability up to September 2024. A rather long minimum stay of eight days is necessary to score the cheapest tickets.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
All carriers issue long-haul tickets in booking class N, the feeders are booking class Y. The cheapest tickets from Oslo via Munich to Beijing earns the following mileage:
- 16,852 CV Points on Vistara Club Vistara
- 12,096 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,096 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,054 Award Miles + 1,992 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 12,054 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,054 Award Miles + 11,234 Tier Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,054 Miles on Egyptair Plus
- 11,644 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 11,398 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,234 Miles on Asiana Club
- 11,234 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 11,234 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 11,234 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 11,234 Miles on TAP Miles&Go
- 11,234 Award Miles on LATAM Pass
- 10,416 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 8,356 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 2,364 Award Miles + 12,096 Tier Miles on Miles&More
- 2,364 Award Miles + 200 Points on Miles&More 2024
For other routings or mixed itineraries, you can use the following tool:
Information & Tips for China
China is the most populous and the third largest country in the world, so naturally, there is a lot to see. The most touristically important cities are the capital of China, Beijing and the financial and trade center Shanghai.
Best Time to Travel
Since the country is vast and extends over several climate zones, there is no best travel time for China. China is connected to Europe through numerous direct flights and the travel time is about 11-13 hours. Flights to China can be found for less than 400€ throughout the year, and there are also often excellent Business Class fares.
A general advice is that travel should be avoided during the Chinese national holidays, which span over the first two weeks of October. During these time tourist destinations are overcrowded with Chinese tourists on their domestic vacation.
Visa for China
Most European citizens will need a visa to enter China.
You can apply for a tourist visa at a Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in your country. There you’ll hand in your visa application personally and can pick it up again after a few days. There is no faster and cheaper way.
Alternatively, you can apply for a visa by mail. The processing time will be up to two weeks, and you’ll have to pay for extra for shipping.
There are also so-called Visa services available that sometimes offer a faster (and maybe even cheaper) way to get your Visa. Check local sites to find out more.
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Information & Tips for Beijing
China’s capital Beijing is full of historically and contemporary important buildings. Most of them concentrate arround Tian’anmen square – which is sorrounded by government buildings and the entrance to the Forbidden City, the palace that hosted China’s emperors for more than 500 years. Beijing itself is full of attraction that take weeks to discover, but the fun doesn’t end there. Just a 90-minute bus ride away is The Great Wall at Badaling, the best known section of the Great Wall of China.
The Best Time to Visit
Beijing is located in a continental climate zone and is known for its hot, humid summers and its harsh, cold winters. Therefore, the best times to visit are from late March through May and late August through November.
Please be aware that during the Chinese National holidays, usually two weeks after October 1st, the city is overcrowded with Chinese tourists and should be avoided.
From the airport to the city
Beijing Capital Airport, the second busiest worldwide, is very well-connected by public transport. It is served by a regular subway line and an express rail way to the edge of the city centre, which takes 20 Minutes and costs about €3 one way. Further, there are 18 bus lines to different parts of the city (costing €3-5). Of course, taxis are an option as well. A trip to the city centre costs around €12-15, but often take over an hour.
It is not possible to rent a car in China without a Chinese drivers licence.
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Information & Tips for Shanghai
Shanghai is the most important financial and commercial center of China. But not only business travelers are welcome here. Also, regular tourists can get there money’s worth. And this is great because the city is connected to many major airports and therfor we’ll often present you with good deals for flights to Shanghai.
Best Time to Visit
Since Shanghai is located in a subtropical climate zone, spring and autumn are the best travel times thanks to moderate temperatures and a few rainy days. April, May, September, and October are particularly suitable for a visit to the Chinese city thanks to the low rainfall and humidity.
From the airport to the city
Shanghai Pudong Airport is located 40km east of the city center. Probably the fastest and most exciting method is the Maglev. The magnetic levitation train takes only 7 minutes, and with costs of around 5€ it is also a rather inexpensive (and of course faster!) alternative to a taxi, which would cost about 20€.
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