A ticket is a mean of advancing to the next episode in Candy Crush Saga. From episodes 3 to 64, you must wait 72 hours, or else three tickets are needed from three different friends playing the game in order to proceed to the next episode. The alternative options to get to the next episode are to go on three mystery quests (for mobile only), using 3 gold bars for one ticket (3 gold bars / ticket, therefore 9 gold bars for 3 tickets), or by buying the access through the App Store or Google Play Store (or a place to get apps) for mobile devices.
For web platforms, a ticket is first requested at the end of the 2nd episode, Candy Factory to unlock the 3rd episode, Lemonade Lake. However, in mobile versions, it is first requested at the end of Lemonade Lake to unlock the fourth episode, Chocolate Mountains. After this, to unlock the next episodes, three tickets are needed each time. Mary helps to unlock the episode after 72 hours, or three days (There may be a glitch with the time-elapse method).
Sometimes on web version, there is a golden ticket available for purchase with real money. Buying this will unlock any possible episode of your progress.
No tickets are needed in Dreamworld to advance to the next episode, but you must complete the Reality counterpart before you can play the Dreamworld episode.
Tickets are not required since the 64th episode, the Minty Meadow scene and the first episode released after the end of Dreamworld.
On web version, if the portal requires a ticket, the picture of friends helping you will be shown on the portal. If the help does not come from a friend (i.e. unlocked by time or playing on mobile with mystery quests), the icon of Mary will be shown instead.
There are three types of picture on the tickets: boat , airplane , and train . The train is more common, while airplane is least, but it always appears at last street of per world. The train first appears at the end of Chocolate Mountains to Minty Meadow, the boat first appears at the end of Candy Factory to Lemonade Lake (on mobile Easter Bunny Hills to Bubblegum Bridge), and an airplane first appears at the end of Lemonade Lake to Chocolate Mountains.
Speaking of modes of transport, there are differences between the Facebook version and the mobile version such as the train appearing more on mobile devices than on Facebook. Furthermore, the train tends to replace the airplane on some of the episodes.
Tickets no longer exist at World Twelve and all subsequent worlds.
If calculate the money for 62 tickets (for unlocking episodes 3-64), you will have to pay a total of 558 gold (for mobile, which has 60 tickets for unlocking episodes 4-63, 540 gold). Buying tickets for gold (for any episode) is strongly not recommended.
In an alternate way, if you don't have to pay gold, you will have to wait for a total of 4,464 hours, or 186 days (for mobile, 4,320 hours, or 180 days).
Before unlocking Lullaby Lake episode, you will see a ticket silhouette. However, after unlocking, you just see the free ticket.