23.4.15

Waiting for Expo 2015: Types of tickets

Hi again! -8 days to Expo! we're getting excited! (and also a bit nervous about the completion of the pavilions, but hopefully they'll make it on time - or a week later...)
So, which ticket should you get?
Here's the deal:
image from the Expo official website


The Expo area is supposedly a huge space over 1 milion square meters containing 58 self-built participating countries pavilions, 9 clusters (for all other countries grouped by common themes), an open air theater (where a special production by the Cirque du Soleil will have daily shows), lake arena, corporate hospitality areas, children park, food&drink areas and all other services.
So if you are coming for a short period (a weekend maybe) a day pass or even a 2-day pass might be a good option for you - keep in mind that some pavilions will also be selling typical food and that there will be many events inside the site so you'll have plenty to see and do.

These are the tupes of tickets and the prices up to date:

(tickets purchased before the start of Expo (May 1st, 2015)

OPEN DATE: The ticket may be used on any day from May 1 to Oct 31, 2015 for a single visit, from 10:00 to 23:00. (sign up to MyExpo ahead of time to set the date of your Expo visit, and to check for available events on the day to avoid the -unlikely- event of the maximum capacity of the site, in which you won't be able to access. Remember that once you have set the date for your visit to Expo Milano 2015, your ticket cannot be changed. If you have an Open Ticket and have not set a date, you can turn up on the day and may be admitted, if space is available.)

FIXED DATE: On purchase, you must choose the date on which you want to attend Expo Milano 2015 from the calendar. Your ticket may only be used on that date and is valid from 10:00 to 23:00.

One Day
Adult: Open date €32 / Fixed date €27
Student (14-25 years old): Open date €29 / Fixed date €23
Senior (over 65 years old): Open date €25 / Fixed date €20
Disabled: Open date €16 / Fixed date €13
Disabled (+ 1 free companion): Open date €16 / Fixed date €13
Child (4-13 years old) (only in bundle) Open date €16 / Fixed date €16
Family A (1 adult + 1 child) Open date €41 / Fixed date €34,50
Family B (2 adults + 1 child) Open date €69 / Fixed date €57,50
Family C (1 adult + 2 children) Open date €54 / Fixed date €46
Family D (2 adults + 2 children) Open date €82/ Fixed date €67
Additional child (> family pack) Open date €10 / Fixed date €10

Adult: ages 14 to 64, on date of visit.
Seniors: Over 65 years old on the date of visit.
Infants: Children under 3 have free admission, but need a ticket. These pre-purchased, zero-cost tickets must be validated on entry to the Exposition site, as per Expo 2015 SpA’s policy. A document certifying the age of the child, along with the pre-purchased ticket of the accompanying adult must be presented at the entrance. Free tickets are Fixed Date only. If the accompanying adults have Open Date tickets, these must be converted to a Fixed Date ticket before being presented at the event.
Students: between 14 and 25 years old on date of visit. Official documentation proving student status is required.
Persons with a disability: For persons with a disability and their helpers discounted tickets are available. These tickets may only be purchased in person, since appropriate documentation certifying disability must be provided.
Family Packages: one adult + one child; two adults + one child; one adult + two children; two adults + two children. If there are more than two children in a family group, just add more Child tickets as required. Children in the Family Package must be between 4 and 13 years old on the date of the visit.

Night pass: €5 (for entrance after 19.00)

2 Days (consecutive)
Adult: Open date €57 / Fixed date €47
Student: (14-25 years old): Open date 49€ / Fixed date 39€
Senior (over 65 years old): Open date 40€ / Fixed date 34€
Disabled: Open date 29€ / Fixed date 25€
Disabled + Free Companion: Open date 29€ / Fixed date 25€
Child (4-13 years old) (in Bundling): Open date 28€ / Fixed date 28€
Family A (1 adult + 1 child): Open date  76€ / Fixed date 62€
Family B (2 adults + 1 child): Open date 129€ / Fixed date 105€
Family C (1 adult + 2 children): Open date 99€ / Fixed date 81€
Family D (2 adults + 2 children): Open date 152€ / Fixed date 124€
Additional Child (> Family pack): Open date 10€ / Fixed date 10€
2 Consecutive Days: For Fixed Date tickets, the first date also determines the second. In the case of Open Date tickets, you can choose the first day of the visit later, the second being the day following.

2 Days (pass) 
Adult: 62€
Senior: (65+ years) 44€
Disabled + Free Companion 31€
Child (4-13 years) (x Bundling) 30€ 

3 Days (pass)  
Adult:  91€
Senior (over 65 years old):  66€
Disabled + Free Companion 45€
Child (4-13 years old) (x Bundling) 45€ 
Carnet (2 or 3 days): This ticket allows multiple-entry, not necessarily on consecutive days. It is not possible to book specific dates on this non-consecutive 2 or 3 day pass: access will be subject to the number of places available on the day of your visit.

Season Pass (valid for the whole Expo period)
Adult: 115€
Senior (over 65 years old)/ Student (14-25 years old): 89€
Child (4-13 years old) / Disabled + Free Companion: 57€ 
Season Pass: The Expo Season Pass is nominal, and thus non-transferable, and allows access from the date of activation until October 31, 2015. Pass holders have their own entrance gate.
Season Passes can be ordered online, allowing you to save time!
In order to order your Season Pass online, simply follow these steps:
Write an email to: booking@expo2015.org providing the following mandatory information:
Email subject line: SEASON PASS REQUEST
First name of each pass holder
Last name of each pass holder
Date of birth of each pass holder
Telephone number required so you can be contacted by one of our operators
Photocopy of ID document for pass holders who are entitled to any reductions (seniors over 65, children aged 4 to 13, students aged 25 or under).
Once you send the email with the requested information, one of our operators will contact you within four working days to complete the purchase. When you are contacted by one of our operators, you will be asked to provide your credit card details to complete the transaction.After completing the transaction, you will receive a confirmation email and an order number.
With the confirmation email together with the order number you can go to Expo Gate in downtown Milan or alternatively to the Expo on-site ticket office to pick-up your Season Pass, allowing you to save time.


Allavita! Cirque du Solil show tickets (entrance to Expo not included)
Sector A blue: 35€
Sector A blue Disabled: 17,50€
Sector B violet: 30€
Sector B violet Disabled: 15€
Sector C yellow: 25€
Sector C yellow Disabled: 12,50€
Tickets for the show, which will be held at the Open Air Theatre in the Expo Milano 2015 grounds, are not valid for admission to Expo Milano 2015. To gain access to the ALLAVITA! Show, you need a Fixed Date Expo Milano 2015 ticket valid for that evening, or an Open Date Expo Milano 2015 ticket converted to a Fixed Date ticket valid for that evening. Where relevant, please go to the Tickets section of this website to convert your Open Date ticket for the date required.Note that, Sectors A (Blue), B (Violet), and C (Yellow) are not pre-assigned but are free seating. For people with disabilities reduced-price tickets can be purchased in the same way as entrance tickets to Expo Milano 2015.


(tickets purchased AFTER the start of Expo (May 1st, 2015)

One Day
Adult: Open date €39 / Fixed date €34
Student (14-25 years old): Open date €33 / Fixed date €29
Senior (over 65 years old): Open date €28 / Fixed date €24
Disabled: Open date €20 / Fixed date €17
Disabled (+ 1 free companion): Open date €20 / Fixed date €17
Child (4-13 years old) (only in bundle) Open date €16 / Fixed date €16
Family A (1 adult + 1 child) Open date €49,50 / Fixed date €43
Family B (2 adults + 1 child) Open date €84,50 / Fixed date €73
Family C (1 adult + 2 children) Open date €64 / Fixed date €56
Family D (2 adults + 2 children) Open date €99/ Fixed date €86
Additional child (> family pack) Open date €10 / Fixed date €10

Adult: ages 14 to 64, on date of visit.
Seniors: Over 65 years old on the date of visit.
Infants: Children under 3 have free admission, but need a ticket. These pre-purchased, zero-cost tickets must be validated on entry to the Exposition site, as per Expo 2015 SpA’s policy. A document certifying the age of the child, along with the pre-purchased ticket of the accompanying adult must be presented at the entrance. Free tickets are Fixed Date only. If the accompanying adults have Open Date tickets, these must be converted to a Fixed Date ticket before being presented at the event.
Students: between 14 and 25 years old on date of visit. Official documentation proving student status is required.
Persons with a disability: For persons with a disability and their helpers discounted tickets are available. These tickets may only be purchased in person, since appropriate documentation certifying disability must be provided.
Family Packages: one adult + one child; two adults + one child; one adult + two children; two adults + two children. If there are more than two children in a family group, just add more Child tickets as required. Children in the Family Package must be between 4 and 13 years old on the date of the visit.

Night pass: €5 (for entrance after 19.00)

2 Days (consecutive)
Adult: Open date €67 / Fixed date €57
Student: (14-25 years old): Open date 58€ / Fixed date 49€
Senior (over 65 years old): Open date 48€ / Fixed date 42€
Disabled: Open date 36€ / Fixed date 31€
Disabled + Free Companion: Open date 36€ / Fixed date 31€
Child (4-13 years old) (in Bundling): Open date 28€ / Fixed date 28€
Family A (1 adult + 1 child): Open date 91€ / Fixed date 77€
Family B (2 adults + 1 child): Open date 154€ / Fixed date 130€
Family C (1 adult + 2 children): Open date 119€ / Fixed date 101€
Family D (2 adults + 2 children): Open date 182€ / Fixed date 154€
Additional Child (> Family pack): Open date 10€ / Fixed date 10€
2 Consecutive Days: For Fixed Date tickets, the first date also determines the second. In the case of Open Date tickets, you can choose the first day of the visit later, the second being the day following.

2 Days (pass) 
Adult: 72€
Senior: (65+ years) 51€
Disabled + Free Companion 38€
Child (4-13 years) (x Bundling) 30€ 

3 Days (pass)
Adult:  105€
Senior (over 65 years old):  76€
Disabled + Free Companion 45€
Child (4-13 years old) (x Bundling) 55€ 
Carnet (2 or 3 days): This ticket allows multiple-entry, not necessarily on consecutive days. It is not possible to book specific dates on this non-consecutive 2 or 3 day pass: access will be subject to the number of places available on the day of your visit.

Season Pass (valid for the whole Expo period)
Adult: 115€
Senior (over 65 years old)/ Student (14-25 years old): 89€
Child (4-13 years old) / Disabled + Free Companion: 57€ 
Season Pass: The Expo Season Pass is nominal, and thus non-transferable, and allows access from the date of activation until October 31, 2015. Pass holders have their own entrance gate.
Season Passes can be ordered online, allowing you to save time!
In order to order your Season Pass online, simply follow these steps:
Write an email to: booking@expo2015.org providing the following mandatory information:
Email subject line: SEASON PASS REQUEST
First name of each pass holder
Last name of each pass holder
Date of birth of each pass holder
Telephone number required so you can be contacted by one of our operators
Photocopy of ID document for pass holders who are entitled to any reductions (seniors over 65, children aged 4 to 13, students aged 25 or under).
Once you send the email with the requested information, one of our operators will contact you within four working days to complete the purchase. When you are contacted by one of our operators, you will be asked to provide your credit card details to complete the transaction.After completing the transaction, you will receive a confirmation email and an order number.
With the confirmation email together with the order number you can go to Expo Gate in downtown Milan or alternatively to the Expo on-site ticket office to pick-up your Season Pass, allowing you to save time.

Allavita! Cirque du Solil show tickets (entrance to Expo not included)
Sector A blue: 35€
Sector A blue Disabled: 17,50€
Sector B violet: 30€
Sector B violet Disabled: 15€
Sector C yellow: 25€
Sector C yellow Disabled: 12,50€
Tickets for the show, which will be held at the Open Air Theatre in the Expo Milano 2015 grounds, are not valid for admission to Expo Milano 2015. To gain access to the ALLAVITA! Show, you need a Fixed Date Expo Milano 2015 ticket valid for that evening, or an Open Date Expo Milano 2015 ticket converted to a Fixed Date ticket valid for that evening. Where relevant, please go to the Tickets section of this website to convert your Open Date ticket for the date required.Note that, Sectors A (Blue), B (Violet), and C (Yellow) are not pre-assigned but are free seating. For people with disabilities reduced-price tickets can be purchased in the same way as entrance tickets to Expo Milano 2015.

So these are tickets, now you choose which one is best for you!
Personally, since I live here and I'm actually excited about the Expo and I want to check out all the pavilions and eat in all those places (and also go to the Cirque show) I'll be getting the Season Pass.
Remember that besides buying the tickets online, you can also buy them at the Expo Gate located in the city center Piazzale Cairoli (you won't miss the huge white structure that most Milanese people hate because it obstructs the view of the Castle) and also in these authorized places.

More info about ways to get to the Expo site and other info in the next posts!