By Metro, Moscow
The old-timer ‘Sokoloniki’ train is actually not very old. It is the same modern metro train with the colour palette, lighting and wall finishing of the 1930s. But this is not the only thing that makes it look so unusually peaceful and unobtrusive – there are no ads around!
‘Sokolniki’ runs, as one can easily guess, along Sokolniki red metro line, there is no specific schedule, with luck you may ride it any time of the day.
The uniformed fellow you sharing the carriage with a happy Moscow family is none other than Dmitry Gaev, the Moscow Metro boss. But his days are numbered, they say.
The Retro train was launched May 15, 2010, when the Moscow metro turned 75.
The metro is the easiest and most reliable way to get around Moscow. It operates from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Trains run at intervals 2-5 minutes. Its layout is very simple: ten radial lines are joined together by a circular line.
Each radial line has its own name and color on the map, and you can get from practically any station to another with a maximum of two transfers.
Metro stations are marked with the large letter 'M'. To pay for your ride, buy a magnetic card at the station ticket office and lean it against the yellow ring of one of the automatic gates.
The fare for any length trip (whether you make one or two transfers) is 22 roubles (about US $ 0.70) for one-trip ticket. You can save money by buying magnetic cards for 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 or 60 trips for less than 22 roubles a trip.
In every car there are several colored metro maps, above the doors is a diagram with the names (in Russian and English) of the stops of the line you are on (the diagram has the color of the line).
The loud speaker announces (in Russian) the next coming stop and the stop you are on.
Be careful: the doors close and open automatically!
Each station has a police post, a first-aid station and local telephones. Plastic cards for telephones can be bought at the metro station ticket office.
...in Metro English, too -)
Total number of passengers carried a year 2528,7 mln.
including: commuters paying concessionary fares 917,3 mln.
among them: students and schoolchildren 254,6 mln.
Maximum daily number of passengers 9554,7 thous.
Total operation length (two tracks) 298,8 km
Number of lines 12
The longest line Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya (43,7 km)
The shortest line Kakhovskaya (3,3 km)
The longest line section between stations Krylatskoe - Strogino (6625 m)
The shortest line section between stations Vystavochnaya – Mezhdunarodnaya (500 m)
Number of stations 180
of exchange stations 61
of station junctions 26
of sub-surface stations 15
The deepest station Park Pobedy (84 m)
The stations closest to the surface Pechatniki
The longest station (the longest station platform) Vorobiovy Gory (282 m)
Number of stations with one ticket hall 70
Number of ticket halls 273
Number of sub-surface ticket halls 119
Cladding area (total) 795,5 thous.sq.m
marble cladding 358,5 thous.sq.m
granite cladding 72,6 thous.sq.m
various cladding 219,9 thous.sq.m
other cladding 144,4 thous.sq.m
Number of ticket gates in automatic fare collection system (entrance) 2545
Number of stations with escalators 126
Number of escalators 643
Including: at the stations of Monorail transport system 18
Total length of escalators staircases 67,4 km
The longest escalator 126 m (Park Pobedy)
Number of steps 175423
Number of depots 15
Trains capacity (per day) 10072
Average train speed 41,55 km/h
Inventory rolling stock (average per day) 4545
Rolling stock in operation (average per day) 3565
Total car/km 733,6 mln.car.km
Including: with passengers 699,2 mln.car.km
Passenger/km 32872,5 mln.passeng.km
Daily car/km 562,3 car.km
Car utilization ration 0,79
Traction power consumption 55,36 kWh thous.km
Average number of passengers in a car 48
Ventilating shafts 406
Local ventilation systems in operation 5551
Number of staff 37401
Fulfilment of train schedule 99,98 %
Minimal headway 90 sec.
Average trip length 13,0 km
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How do I get from the airport to the city centre?
If you travel to/from Sheremetievo airport, you can take an express train that operates between Sheremetievo airport and Belorussky railway station (Belorusskaya metro station, Circle line). Bus and taxi services are also available.
You can also easily get to or from Domodedovo airport at any time. Click here for more information.
Are there toilets in Moscow metro?
No, there are no toilets for passengers in Moscow metro.
Who is responsible for giving names to new metro stations?
According to Moscow city regulations, Moscow city committee that is in charge of giving names to streets and new metro stations.
Can I take photographs in metro? How can I get a permission for shooting and how much does it cost?
Amateur photography (without using stationery equipment and professional cameras, permitted body height - under 140 mm and/or lens length under 100 mm) in Moscow metro is allowed and therefore no permission is necessary.
To obtain a permission for professional photography, send a letter on the company’s letterhead to the head of Moscow metro Dmitry Gaev to this fax: +7 (495) 631-3744 (telephone: +7 (495) 688-0291) and state the following: purpose of the filming, date, location (station), equipment and name of the person responsible for shooting.
The staff of Moscow metro PR department will get in touch with the person responsible for shooting within 5-10 working days and advise him on further actions.
Do you have a metro museum? Where is it located?
Moscow metro museum occupies the first and the second floor of Sportivnaya station south vestibule (36, Khamovnichesky val). For more information, click here.
Is it possible to travel with bicycles in metro?
Moscow metro regulations prohibit transportation of bicycles or other means of transport, excepting wheelchairs and baby carriages. Bicycles can be carried as luggage when they are dismantled and packed.
How do I use a smart card?
Smart cards should be handled with care. To go through the turnstile, put the smart card to the card reader and pass when the green light is on. To pass through the turnstile with the same card again, you’ll need to wait 7 minutes.
What shall I do if the smart card doesn’t work?
If the smart card fails, try it again with the same turnstile. If it fails again, use a card reader in the station vestibule to check the card. If the card is valid, address anyone in the metro ticket office.
Smart cards should be handled with care. Don’t expose them to extreme temperatures, moisten, bend or keep near magnets.
If a card was damaged by the passenger, it can be restored. Passenger will only have to pay for a new card and the number of trips left on the damaged card will be encoded to the new card. Once this card expires, passengers can give it back to metro ticket office and get the money for the smart card back.
Ok, Metro's around the world are all pretty much the same system always based on either color lines or number lines. Same thing applies to the Metro in Moscow, but the only problem in Moscow is that the signs are in Cryllic with no English translation underneath them. So trying to figure out the system is near to impossible if you don't have knowledge of Cryllic, We basically counted the number of stops we needed to go and then hoped it was the right one. Again very frustrating, not once did anyone offer to help us trying to figure out the stops. The cost of the trains is 26 rubles about .85 cents US. Ticket machines do have a button with English translations, but if there isn't a machine in site you can buy them from the counter, I went up and just indicated by hand how many tickets I wanted, again thank god numbers are universal.
The metro themselves are suppose to be attractions, there intresting but nothing any world traveler hasn't seen before.
By warned the electric stairways in and out of the metro are extremely steep, I would guess that if you took a wrong step and fell you would probably die if your lucky you could survive with a broken neck or arm or leg. be careful.
OK, now renting in the airport versus renting downtown - no difference.
Russians do not rent cars at home. If you do, you are a Westerner - see above.
Unless you have tons of luggage and plan to sleep in the car, too, I would suggest taking the railway from the airport and the metro in the city - you can count on arriving on time, the airport express is fairly civilized, and the metro gives you a good sightseeing opportunity on top of the transportation service.
We stayed in the Izmailovo suburb of Moscow and took the Metro a couple of times between ‘Izmailovo Station’ and the city centre. At the small ticket offices at the stations, we just showed on a city map where we wanted to go and the ticket seller wrote the ticket price (in rubles) on a piece of paper. We paid and received our tickets - quite easy! However, the signs inside the trains and at the stations were only written with Cyrillic letters – and our city map with place names both written with Cyrillic letters and in English was a great help to get around in Moscow.
During our rides, the light went out in the train every 5th minute, but I assume it was a daily occurrence since no Russians took any notice of it. Besides that, we had no problems and I think the Metro was a good way to get around in Moscow.
We spent some time at the Metro stations, they are decorated with marble, granite, beautiful statues, and glass chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. Amazing… No wonder they are called “underground museums” or “people’s palaces”…
The most efficient and fastest way to explore Moscow is by metro. It consists of 12 colour coded lines. During peak times the frequency is about 90 seconds.
The metro works on a flat fare, which means that you can travel with a single ticket as long as you like, if you don't leave the metro system.
In 2009 a single ticket cost 26 Rubles, but prices are usually increased every year. Smart cards for 5, 10, 20 or 60 trips are available as well.
Be prepared that everything in the metro is only written in cyrillic and metro station signs at the platforms are rare. In 2009 I noticed that at least in the carriages metro maps in both cyrillic and latin letters can be found.
So the best way to not lose orientation is to listen to the announcements on the trains. Firstly you will hear the arrival station, followed by the next station.
Another useful tip, is to listen to the voice: If it is a female voice, then the train is leaving the city centre; if it is a male voice then the train is heading towards the city centre.
At stations where two or more lines meet, the interchange stations often have different names. This can be a bit confusing. So it comes quite handy to have a metro map with the stations in both cyrillic and latin letters.
Moscow metro was the most convenient for me; it delivers you to most important sightseeing spots in the downtown. If you can hear foreign sounds and can recognize them it’s easy to use it. The only thing it’s all in Russian, no English signs, except of maps on the train, but you can figure out by arrows and colors of lines to see where you need to switch the trains.Moreover, Moscow Metro is sightseeing itself:The Moscow Metro (Russian: Ìîñêîâñêèé ìåòðîïîëèòåí, Moskovskiy metropoliten), which spans almost the entire Russian capital, is the world's second most heavily used rapid-transit system. Opened in 1935, it is well known for the ornate design of many of its stations, which contain outstanding examples of socialist realist art.The first plans for a rapid transit system in Moscow date back in the times of the Russian Empire, but they were postponed by World War I, the October Revolution and the Russian Civil War. It was not until June 1931 that the decision to start construction of the Moscow Metro was taken by the Central Committee of the USSR Communist Party. The first lines were built under the 1930s Moscow general plan designed by Lazar Kaganovich, and the Metro was initially (until 1955) named after him ("Metropoliten im. L.M. Kaganovicha"). Advice was given by the London Underground, the world's oldest metro system (partly because of this connection Gants Hill tube station, although not completed until much later, is reminiscent in design of many stations on the Moscow Metro)
The metro in Moscow is super great. The stations have quite a distance one to the next - so the metro is really a very fast way to come through Moscow, the metro run in 1-2 minute cycle, and during the 4 days I visited Moscow there was never any disturbance. I think the drivers are very skilled and they see their time difference to the next train in every station - probably they have a sort of target time difference which they manage to keep very well. Only the rolling stair cases seem to need continuous repair - you see often a defect one - typical inner city stations have 3 or 4 of them in parallel. If they fail and only 2 are left - this was the case in Park Kultury for the circle line, in some stations it might not be possible in the morning to access the station (if too many passengers arrive, 2 rolling stair cases seem to be necessary to transport out all the passengers in the time interval between 2 trains - so in such a case both rolling stair cases will be switched to upward direction).
My favourite rolling stair cases are the wooden one, they have a very interesting and nice sound, you can start dreaming of African djungle drumming there. A very nice and impressive one with numbered stairs is is Tretyakovskaya station south of Kremlin - it has 485 stairs.
The price for the 20 ride magnetic card is now 380 Rubels (August 2009).
The Moscow Metro was born May 15, 1935 with the red line Sokolniki – Park Kulturi (that’s what you know as the Gorky Park, but it's on the other side of the river) + a small bypass to Smolenskaya, 11.2 km altogether.
Metro or fullname "Moscow Metropolitan" is the fastest and the most reliable way to travel around Moscow. Metro accepts 8 mln. people per day, this is more than 3 bln. per year! Beautifull stations looking like museums. With one "-" (minus)....
It is absolutely unsutable for foreigners! 90% of signes are in Russian only. No any understandable mnemonic plates. Exchanges between lines are complicated.
Even web-site has no English page.
Here is interactive schema: http://mosmetro.ru/flash/scheme01.html
Very useful - you can click on circles of the stations to generate your way. Time calculated is too optimistic. You need to add 20%.
Taking the metro in Moscow is a sightseeing tour by itself. Many of the stations look like palaces with all the marble. mosaics and chandeliers. Apart from that it's a very effective transportation system with train running nearly every minute during peak times.
In 2005 the Moscow Metro celebrated its 60th anniversary.
My favourite stations are Komsomolskaya, Arbatskaya and Mayakovskaya.
One ride is 22 Roubles, a 5-rides ticket costs 105 Roubles (Jan. 09).
The Moscow metro system is very good to use. Some of the stations are just worth visiting on their own as a tourist attraction.
It's very cheap and the trains are very frequent. We bought ten ride multiple ticket which saved us queuing up all the time. It can however take you a while to travel around the city this way.
It has 9 different lines, which interconnect at various places. The only thing you have to worry about is keeping any eye on which station you are at because the signs station signs are in the Russian Cyrillic alphabet.
You can not buy metro tickets at the airports. In Moscow you can only buy metro tickets and passes at metro stations. Bus' tickets in special ticket kiosks and from a driver.
P.S. Don't forget to exchange rubles before this.