Book in advance to save
As bookings through travel agents have reached and passed the original 5-million target, ticket sales for this year’s universal exposition have now been thrown open to the public, and all the chances to make savings are explained on the Expo website.
Buying a ticket in advance will bring a discount of up to 20 per cent on the price to be paid once the Expo has opened. But this is not the only way to save: booking for a fixed date brings the cost down from the standard open-date price of €32 to €27. And there are of course several categories of people who will automatically enjoy a discount: students under 26 and the over-64s will enjoy reduced prices, children from 4 to 16 even more reduced, and infants up to 3 years old will enter free (but still require a ticket), while the disabled will pay only €13 for a fixed date or €16 for an open-date ticket, with their carer entering free.
Special price deals are also available for school groups of up to 15 students and for families of various sizes. These last are a little complicated, but all the configurations are explained among the helpful and exhaustive frequently asked questions section of the website. More savings are available for visitors who wish to come more than once, or for those who choose to book a weekday rather than a probably more crowded weekend visit. There are even reduced-price tickets for Expo by night, available once the exposition has opened; otherwise, the full-day ticket is valid from 10.00 to 23.00, seven days a week, and covers all the entertainment on offer except for the show by Canada’s famous Cirque du Soleil, who will present a spectacle alled Allavita!, produced specifically for Expo.
With a maximum of 250,000 visitors allowed on any one day, a minimum of queueing must be expected at the gates, where airport-style security checks will take place. But the organisation points out that pre-booked tickets will save time for visitors who won’t need to line up for ticket sales, too. While milanesi and visitors to the city can find tickets and advice at Expo Gate, in the Triennale, in branches of Banca Intesa and in Telecom sales points, booking online is now available worldwide on the special booking section of the Expo website.