Moscow Metro

Russian: Московское метро / Московский метрополитен

Metro signs next to the Red Square in Moscow

Metro signs next to the Red Square in Moscow

The Moscow Metro is probably the most magnificent subway of the world. It is not only beautiful, but also cheap, reliable and runs on time. In Moscow the Metro is often the fastest way to get around the city compared to other means of public transportation, taxis or driving. During rush hours, metro trains run every one to two minutes.

The Moscow Metro carries about 7 million passengers a day. That is why the trains and metro stations are very crowded especially on weekdays. The best time for a sightseeing tour in the Metro is early morning, late evening or Sunday.

The Metro in Moscow has 12 lines with 195 stations. The route length is 325,4 km (about 202.19 miles). The deepest station (84 m / 275.59 ft) Park Pobedy (Russian: Парк Победы) belongs to the longest (45,1 km / 28 miles) line called Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya (Russian: Арбатско-Покровская).

The Moscow Metro is smoke free. It is also prohibited the consume of alcohol.
Bicycles are not allowed in the Metro, except for folding bicycles and kids’ bikes.

Taking photos or filming in the Moscow Metro is permitted without using special equipment such as tripods, lights, etc.

Hours of operation of the Moscow Metro

Most stations of the Moscow Metro operate from 5:30 am to 1:00 am.

Tickets and Fares

Turnstiles of the Moscow Metro

Turnstiles of the Moscow Metro

It is not possible to enter the Moscow Metro without a valid ticket. To get in, one has to insert the ticket into a turnstile. The rides are paid for with electronic or paper cards. Tickets can be purchased at Metro ticket offices or at vending machines. The choice of a ticket depends on how often you want to travel by the Moscow Metro. The following cards allow to use all means of public transportation in Moscow: metro, bus, trolleybus, tram and the monorail road.
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  • The Electronic Wallet (Russian: Электронный кошелёк) offers the best fare for a single ride: 30 rubles in the Metro and the monorail road or 29 rubles on a bus, trolleybus or tram. An Electronic Wallet can be refilled with up to 3,000 rubles.
  • The Universal Ticket (Russian: Единый билет)
    There are Universal Tickets for 1 to 60 of rides or for 1 to 365 days. A Universal Ticket is worth buying for those who plan to use the Moscow Metro five or more times.

    Ticket Price / Validity
    Prices for Universal tickets
    1 ride 50 rubles / 5 days
    2 rides 100 rubles / 5 days
    5 rides 180 rubles (single ride = 36 rubles) / 90 days
    11 rides 360 rubles (single ride = 33 rubles) / 90 days
    20 rides 580 rubles (single ride = 29 rubles) / 90 days
    40 rides 1,160 Rubel (single ride = 29 rubles) / 90 days
    60 rides 1,400 Rubel (single ride = 24 rubles) / 90 days
    1 day 210 rubles
    3 days 400 rubles
    5 days 800 rubles
  • 90 Minutes ticket (Russian: 90 минут)
    This ticket is valid for 90 minutes from first use. It allows to make one ride on the Moscow Metro and unlimited rides on local buses, trolleybuses and trams. There are 90 minutes Tickets for 1 to 60 rides. Prices vary from 60 to 2,100 rubles.

Prices for all tickets on the official Website of the Moscow Metro

Troika Card (Russian: карта “Тройка”)
The Troika card is a reusable plastic card. All the above mentioned tickets can be added to the Troika card. To get a Troika card one has to pay a refundable deposit of 50 rubles. After use, one can return the card at any ticket office of the Moscow Metro as well as at other ticket offices. Mind that on return of the Troika card the value is not refunded (one only gets back the deposit).
Fare calculator on the official website of the Troika card

Children under 7 years of age travel for free.
The fare for one piece of luggage is 60 rubles.
Prices as of February 2015

Getting around in the Moscow Metro

Moscow Metro Sign

An overhead sign in the Moscow Metro. ВЫХОД В ГОРОД means in Russian “Exit to the city”.

The names of metro stations are written in Cyrillic and in Latin letters which makes is easier for millions of foreign tourists to find the way. Metro signs that give directions are only in Russian, though. So it might be helpful to learn the Russian Alphabet before going to Moscow.
Vocabulary list: In the Metro

Each metro line is has a number (1 to 12) and a different color.

Transfer stations can be easily recognised on the Metro map. When changing lines, the main difficulty is that transfer stations of different lines have different names. So it is important to know the right station.

The Interactive map of the Moscow Metro (in English) allows to calculate travel time between the stations (takes some time to load)

If you are looking for a great selection of places to stay with discount prices, visit Where to stay in Moscow for more information.

Red-blue Emergency-Information-Point in the  Moscow Metro

Emergency-Information-Point in the Moscow Metro

Safety in the Moscow Metro

All metro stations are equipped with red/blue Emergency-Information-Points with two buttons. The emergency button is located on the red side and the information button on the blue one.

There are video surveillance cameras and alarm systems in all stations and passages of the Metro.

The Moscow Metro is also being equipped with metal detectors.

Beautiful Stations of the Moscow Metro

Mayakovskaya (Russian: Маяковская)

Opened on November 11, 1938

The hall of Mayakovskaya Metro Station

The hall of Mayakovskaya Metro Station

This elegant station impresses with its simple columns made of marble and stainless steel. Cupola mosaics show the achievements of the soviet aviation. The station was named after the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930). As the German Army approached Moscow in 1941, Stalin held a speech here addressing the Supreme Soviet before sending Russian troops to the front.

Mayakovskaya station was designed by the architect Alexei Dushkin and won a Grand Prix at the New York World’s Fair 1938. Alexei Dushkin also designed the stations Kropotkinskaya (Russian: Кропоткинская) und Ploshchad Revolyutsii (Russian: Площадь Революции).

Mosaic of Komsomolskaya Metro station

Mosaic of Komsomolskaya Metro station

Komsomolskaya (Russian: Комсомольская)

Opened on March 15, 1935. Opening of the demolished and rebuilt hall of the ring station: 1952

This monumental station has many different platforms and one of the longest escalators of the Moscow Metro –  80 meters. The Ring line station is decorated with eight gold mosaics, huge chandeliers and marble columns.

Kropotkinskaya (Russian: Кропоткинская)

Hall of Kropotkinskaya Metro Station in Moscow

The hall of Kropotkinskaya Metro Station

Opened on May 15, 1935

Everything in Kropotkinskaya station seems to be in harmony:  the simple structure of the columns, pink-grey  granite floor, pale marble walls and indirect lights.

Arbatskaya (Russian: Арбатская)

Red pavilion of Arbatskaya Metro Station in Moscow

Pavilion of Arbatskaya Metro Station

Opened on May 15, 1935

Arbatskaya station of the Filyovskaya line is worth seeing from the outside. The entrance pavilion has the shape of the Soviet star. Although it would be better to see it from above, one can still recognize the shape looking at the pavilion at a distance.

Girl with hen and cock, a statue of Ploshchad Revolyutsii Metro Station in Moscow

One of the statues of Ploshchad Revolyutsii Metro Station

Ploshchad Revolyutsii (Russian: Площадь Революции)

Opened on March 13, 1938

The main attraction of this station of the Moscow Metro are life-size bronze statues arranged in pairs under marble covered arches. They represent people who contributed to the success of the Soviet Union. Among them are workers, soldiers, sailors, sportsmen, a mother with an infant or a girl reading a book.

Ceiling mosaic with red tractor of Novokuznetskaya Metro Station in Moscow

Ceiling mosaic of Novokuznetskaya Metro Station

Novokuznezkaya (Russian: Новокузнецкая)

Opened on November 20, 1943

This metro station is dedicated to the heroes of the Red Army. Along the walls one can see scenes from the Second World War. There are torch-like lamps in the middle of the hall.

Novoslobodskaya (Russian: Новослободская)

Glass panels of Novoslobodskaya Metro Station in Moscow

Glass panels of Novoslobodskaya Metro Station

Opened on January 30, 1952

Eye-catchers of this rather beautiful metro station are stained glass panels with motives of Russian tapestry. The glass panels are backlit and resemble church windows with daylight gleaming through.

Kievskaya (Russian: Киевская)

Mosaic of Kievskaya Metro Station in Moscow

Mosaic of Kievskaya Metro Station

Opened on April 5, 1953

The main theme of this station is the friendship between Russia and Ukraine. One can easily recognize it just looking at its mosaics. Marble covered walls, ornaments and golden chandeliers give Kievskaya station a touch of glamour.

History of the Moscow Metro

Discussions about building an underground railway in Moscow started in 1902. Back then, most people were shocked and the issue caused considerable dispute in the media.

In the early 1930s the population of Moscow grew rapidly. So it was decided to assign two important communist leaders to manage the construction of the Moscow Metro: Lasar Kaganovitch, the then-Minister of Transport of the USSR, and Nikita Khrushchev, who later became General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Construction works started on November 7, 1931, the October Revolution Day. The project turned into a matter of prestige for the entire Soviet Union. Thousands of soldiers and volunteers helped professional workers at construction sites. Best Russian artists created interior decoration of metro stations. Being in constant competition with the West, Stalin was eager to build not just another subway, but the best subway of the world. Even beneath the ground everyone should sense the power of the Soviet state.

The magnificent hall of Komsomolskaya Metro Station in Moscow

The magnificent hall of Komsomolskaya Metro Station

The first section of the Moscow Metro – 11 kilometres with 13 stations – was opened for operation already in May 1935. Trains ran between Park Sokolniki (Russian: Сокольники) and Park Kultury (Russian: Парк Культуры). Magnificent stations could compete with Royal palaces: huge halls were decorated with chandeliers, mosaic, statues and columns made of marble or other precious stone. Each metro station featured a different theme.

The construction of the Moscow Metro was going at a good pace. In 1939 it had already 22 stations. Construction works didn’t stop even during the Second World War. At that time the Metro was also used as an air raid shelter. The station Chistiye Prudy (Russian: Чистые Пруды) was turned into General Staff Headquarters.

A modern train of the Moscow Metro

A modern train of the Moscow Metro

As the Moscow Metro celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2005, there were 11 lines with 170 stations in service. The metro network keeps growing. It is planned to connect suburban stations of the Moscow Metro by building a big Ring line by the year 2035.

The Moscow Metro Museum

The museum was opened in November 1967. It is situated at the metro station Sportivnaya (Russian: Спортивная) of the red line (Nr. 1), just two stops away from the ring station Park Kultury (Russian: Парк Культуры).

Adress:
Khamovnitcheski Wal, 36
(Russian: Хамовнический вал, 36)

Opening hours:
Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm (last Tuesday of the month closed)
Saturday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
Last entrance 30 minutes before close. The entrance is free.

Telephone: ++7 495 222 7309
Guided tours or group visits by prior arrangement.

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