Moscow’s subway (Metro) is famous for its art gallery-style beautiful station precincts, but nowadays it’s wrapped in a pompous atmosphere with heavy security measures against terrorism, so you might hesitate to use it.
This time, I gave a lecture on how to get on the subway smoothly in Moscow based on my experience! I would like to tell you in detail about how to buy a ticket, the inside of the train and the beautiful inside of the station.
- 1 Route MAP and Fares
- 2 Convenient and economical SMART CARD “Troika Card”
- 3 How to ride the subway → How to purchase a ticket
- 4 Go through the ticket gate to the platform
- 5 Operating hours, number of trains, and conditions of the train
- 6 “Line 4” which is always empty and comfortable
- 7 You don’t want a backpack? Can I take pictures?
- 8 The inside of the station is beautiful like a museum!
- 9 How to ride the bus tram
Route MAP and Fares
Here is the route map of Moscow. You can download MAP of each metro bus from the site called moovitapp.com. You can search routes on the official website of Moscow Transport, but it’s not very convenient.
- 1 time ticket … 55 RUB
- 2 times ticket … 110 RUB
- 60 times ticket … 1,900 RUB
- 24 hour ticket … 230 RUB
- 3-days ticket … 438 RUB
The fare is shown in the table. Metro and bus tram are the same price, and the fare is flat no matter where you get on. “way of walking” According to the guidebook, there are 20 times, 40 times, and 7 days passes, but these are no longer available (They said there was no staff at the station window.).
These tickets are SMART CARD tickets made of paper, and you can use them by touching the reading part of the ticket gate.
Convenient and economical SMART CARD “Troika Card”
In addition, in Moscow, SMART CARD “TUAC (Troika Card)”, which can be recharged (Top Up) like Suica, Tokyo, is popular. Using this card will save you a lot of money by greatly reducing the fare!
The deposit is 50 RUB and the card is valid for 5 years.
- 1 Riding … 38 RUB
- Metro (under ground traffic) and bus tram (over ground traffic) connections within 90 minutes … 21 RUB
- 30 days ticket … 2,170 RUB
- 90 days ticket … 5,430 RUB
- 365 days ticket … 19,500 RUB
Here’s how much it costs to use the Troika Card:. There are long-term stay tickets for 1 month or 3 months, but there are few cases that travelers use them.
How to ride the subway → How to purchase a ticket
Then I will buy a ticket and take the subway. The (Metro) sign on the subway is red. Please look for each station carefully because it is hard to find the place because it blends into the surrounding buildings.
Entering the station through wood-grain doors. The entrance and exit are one-way, so be careful. Also, there are few barrier-free stations, and there are many cases that there are only stairs to the ticket gate.
You can buy a ticket at a window or at a ticket machine. The person in charge at the window doesn’t seem to be able to speak English, but he seems to understand simple English words.
I bought “Troika Card” at the counter, but when I said “One Troika Card and Top Up” and showed 200 on the calculator on my smartphone with money, I was able to buy a Troika Card with 200 RUB charged!
You can buy the Troika Card at the ticket machine, but there are new and old types at the ticket machine, and you can only charge the old type and you can’t buy the card. Some stations don’t have a new model, so you need to buy it at the ticket window.
Both the old and new ticket vending machines are touch-panel type, and they can switch between English. Select “Tickets” to purchase a red paper ticket or “Top-up” or “RECHARGE (In the case of old style)” to charge the Troika Card.
To charge the card, insert your Troika Card in advance. The amount of money you put into the Troika Card is charged. The maximum amount you can charge is 3,000 RUB.
You can use up to 1,000 RUB bills and 1 RUB coins for charging, so it’s very convenient! Unlike Suica in Tokyo, there is no limit on the minimum charge, so I’m glad that I don’t have to worry about wasting money.
When the payment is completed, a receipt will be issued. Also, there is a credit card reader (Visa, Master) at the ticket machine, but I cannot use any credit card I have because of an error …
Probably the card issued in Japan is not supported yet, but it is better to prepare a little more cash for such a case.
Go through the ticket gate to the platform
Once you get your ticket, go through the ticket gate to the platform. Touch the SMART CARD to the ticket gate reader. If the ticket is valid, the green light will light and the gate will open.
For Troika Card, the deduction and card balance are displayed on the display. Also, you don’t need to touch the ticket when you leave the station because the gate opens automatically.
From the ticket gate, take this long escalator to the platform. Every subway station in Russia is built deep underground because it also functions as an air-raid shelter.
It’s a bit shallower than the St. Petersburg subway, but it still takes a few minutes from top to bottom.
When you arrive at the platform, check the route and destination on the bulletin board. The station names are displayed in Russian and English. It is easy to understand because the route names are indicated by numbers with image colors.
Operating hours, number of trains, and conditions of the train
The subway runs from 5: 30 to 1: 00. Every route runs every 3-4 minutes during the day, and every 5-6 minutes late at night and early in the morning, so it’s great that you don’t have to wait!
The time until the next train is displayed at the end of the platform.
The type of car varies depending on the route, but there are many older cars, especially on some routes (Route 4, etc.). Cars with blue and white lines are very similar to the St. Petersburg subway.
The inside of the car is a little old, but there is no graffiti or window cracks, and there is not a single piece of rubbish left, so I don’t feel the public order is bad.
The bench is a simple plastic one, but it has a firm cushion. The seat pitch is wider than that of Japanese trains, so even if you sit with a fixed number of people, your shoulders and elbows won’t interfere with your neighbors.
There is a sign on the door showing the stops. There is a light at the station where we are going to stop. There is also an announcement in the train, and English is played after Russian.
When you arrive at your destination station, you should follow the number of the exit (Yellow numbers on a black background) if you are going to the exit, and the number of the line if you are transferring to another line.
When transferring to another line, the station name may change even at the same station if the line changes, so it is better to check the MAP (Example: Pushkinskaya = Tverskaya = Chekhovskaya).
“Line 4” which is always empty and comfortable
Line 4 is the best subway line in Moscow. This line goes to the suburbs through Kiev Station from Aleksandrovsky Sad Station which is also the nearest station of the Kremlin, but this line 4 has a short service section, and the central section is always empty and comfortable!
In addition, the use of the latest cars, which can not be seen on other lines, is one of the attractions! Some of the trains had seats arranged like semi-cross cars.
The doors on Route 4 are European-style. You need to be careful because the door won’t open unless you push the button when you look at the terminal station.
And the biggest advantage of Route 4 is that the platform is built in the shallow underground! Because of that, there are no escalators, and you only have to go down a dozen steps from the ticket gate to get to the platform!
There is no need to go deep underground, so it is very easy to get to and from the ground! If you need to go to Kiev Station, you should definitely use this route 4.
You don’t want a backpack? Can I take pictures?
The most worrisome thing about the Moscow subway system is security. Russian subways are on high alert against terrorism, and security guards are everywhere from ticket gates to platforms.
There is no problem as long as you don’t do anything wrong, but if you have a backpack or any other large luggage, the security guard stops you at the ticket gate and you go to a separate room without any question and answer. … My own backpack became food for me during my stay, and it became a leaflet that I had to undergo multiple X-ray examinations. …
Travelers with suitcases, however, seem to be tolerated, and when using the subway to access the airport, they are not blamed even if they carry a backpack.
Another characteristic of Russian subways is the presence of a security room in front of each escalator. Like St. Petersburg, I don’t feel very good seeing them every time I take the subway …
Photography wasn’t allowed until recently, but after the World Cup in 2018, the ban was lifted. In other words, it could help maintain public order.
The inside of the station is beautiful like a museum!
The subway line in Moscow is famous for its beauty inside the station! Many paintings and bronze statues are exhibited centering on the platform at every station, and the interior looks like a museum!
The design varies from station to station, but Kievskaya Station on Line 3 was by far the most beautiful. There is a large painting near the stairs leading to the exit.
At each station, the paintings embedded in marble pillars and walls are mosaics in magnificent frames. It is not a Russian style religious painting, but there are many warm compositions that mainly depict families.
Many of the statues are modeled after soldiers, especially young soldiers.
There are also group tours inside the station. The Moscow subway was on high alert, but I feel a little relieved to see such a place.
How to ride the bus tram
Finally, how to ride buses and trams. When you get on a bus, you look for a bus stop by a signboard on the road or a board with the name of the line on it.
When the bus or tram arrives, get on the bus through the open door. In the case of trams, they stop at a place away from the sidewalk, so you need to be careful when cars come and go.
After getting on, touch the Troika Card to the reader near the entrance. If you do not have a day ticket common to Troika Card or Metro, you will have to pay the driver.
Although conductors have always been in service in other Russian cities, there are no conductors on the bus or tram in Moscow.
The tram stops at every station, so there is no stop button. Buses have buttons, but they almost always stop at every stop in the center.
In addition, it is convenient to search the route of the bus by using Google Map, but the bus I got on somehow deviated from the searched route. I didn’t go far and go in the opposite direction, but I think the correct answer rate is about 7 to 80%.
Here’s how to ride the Moscow Bus Tram! It’s a bit different from other countries, but I’d like to make good use of the cheap fares.
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