Platform in the Moscow Metro System. Image credit: Cestomano

Moscow Metro guide: One of the best transit systems in the world

Moscow Metro System is a well-functioned and rapid transit system in Moscow Russia. Moscow Metro System is one of the world’s most busiest transit systems with up to 9 million passengers per day. The number of passengers are dramatic increasing and the system is continuously under expansion. Using the metro is indeed the best and fastest way to get around in Moscow – and actually it is very cheap too. Moscow is a huge city and often the distances are to great to reach by foot. In my opinion, Moscow Metro System is one of the best transit systems in the world. This blog will guide you through how to use the metro, prices and how to buy tickets.

Moscow Metro Station
The Moscow Metro was one of the USSR’s most extravagant architectural projects Image credit: mariusz kluzniak

Moscow Metro Stations

Moscow Metro consists of 12 lines with a length of 325.4 km (202.2 mi). The total number of stations is 194 (cf. metro map). The majority of the rail lines are running radially from the center of Moscow to the outlying areas (suburbs) except line 5 which is a ring located around the inner part of Moscow. The travel time from the outer stations to the center is approximately 20-30 minutes.

Moscow Metro Tickets

The easiest way to buy a ticket is by the ticket machines which are located at the entrance at each station. These machines offer multiple languages. A single ticket costs 40 RUB (~0,8 euro). Such a ticket allows travel with changes along the way. It is also possible to buy 5 passes which is a bit cheaper. A single 5 passes ticket costs 150 RUB (~3 euro). On the picture below you can see a photo of a ticket.

Metro ticket Moscow
This photo illustrated how the metro ticket looks like. Image credit: Steffan Jensen

How to use Moscow Metro

When you have bought your ticket, you simply scan the ticket at the scanners that allow you to enter the metro. A light will show a green dot when the ticket is correctly scanned. You can just throw the ticket away when you have entered the metro. At the exit you just simply pass through the scanners without doing anything.
It is very important to remember that almost all information at the stations and also in the trains stands in Russian. Thus, for foreigners it might be difficult to read and understand the signs. However, in the new trains some information stands with Latin letters.

Here are some guidance that will help you on your way:
– Check the metro map at the entrance. At each station you will see a big metro map with Latin letters. Use this map to orientation and to check which line number you are going with and what color that specific rail line has.

– Before you go down to the platform, you have to remember the Russian name for your destination and also the terminating station for that rail line.

– When you reach the platform, signs in Russian will guide you to the right platform. My advice is to navigate after the terminating station. Then you are sure that it is the right direction. Also remember to follow the color and the line number.

– Alternatively, you can plan your trip by counting the number of stops.

– In front of the trains the terminating station is displayed in Russian. You can use that to confirm the direction.

– In the new trains you will find an electronic display system that will help you finding your current position.

– The old trains only have maps with Russian letters.

Moscow metro map pdf

Via the following link you will find a complete high-resolution Moscow Metro map as a pdf file (click here). It is in Latin letters.

Moscow Metro Pictures

Moscow Metro System
Decoration in Moscow Metro System Image credit: mariusz kluzniak
Moscow underground system
Train that departures a station in Moscow Metro System. Image credit: mariusz kluzniak

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