Russia: Moscow: Metro System
Russia: Moscow: Metro System Reviews
The Way To Get About In Moscow Apr 03, 2010
One of the first things that struck us in Moscow was the amount of traffic on the roads so the best way to get around Moscow is the metro.
Easy to get maps to work out the system, I had downloaded a metro map app onto my phone for 79p .
The frequency of the trains is unbelievable, and the longest we waited was 2 minutes, and that was after 11pm.
Stations close to all the major sights,and an extensive network covering the city.
Ticket booths in all the stations, but I managed to find an automatic maching at Paveletsky Station that allowed an English translation. These might just be available at the main stations that the trains from the airport arrive at, because I didn't notice any other ones.
Bought a 20 journey ticket that cost 460R (£11), and at the end of 6 days had used 18 of them ( 5 and 10 journey tickets can can also be bought if you aren't staying that long.
Entry to the metro system is through barriers where you just scan the ticket on the pad at the front and it comes up with a green light and also the number of journies left on your ticket.
The metro is brightly lit, and unlike any other system I've been on, the way it is decorated and the amount of artwork in the stations.
It is also much deeper underground than any other system I've been on, and at some stations you can't see the bottom of the escalator from the top. Deepest station is at Park Pobedy and it takes 3 minutes just to go down the escalator.
Busier than the New York and London Underground systems combined, apparently,it was busy a few times, but the vast majority of the time we were travelling it was fine and most times we managed to get a seat.
Plenty of security in the stations, where you could find up to half a dozen patrols of three or four army or police down at the platforms.
Most of the staions are pretty non descript from the outside, though one at Arbatskaya is designed in the shape of the Soviet star.
Trains do seem pretty old, but Line 4, I think, had brand new rolling stock. All stations seem to have a central platform, so handy to know what your destination station looks like written in Russian so you know which side of the platform to go to :)
Part of the The Moscow Times - April 2010 travel blog
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