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How to navigate in the Moscow Metro


There are twelve lines and 186 stations in the Moscow Metro.  This is many fewer than in New York or Tokyo and is, therefore, pretty easy to understand.  That is especially true because the Moscow subway system is laid out in a radial pattern. There are eleven lines stretching from one end of Moscow to the other and the Koltsevaya Line, which connects with all the eleven other lines.  If you know a few important details, using the underground is extremely easy and convenient.

The Moscow Metro system opens at 6 am, and the official closing time is 1:00 am, when the escalators at transfer points are stopped, and passengers are no longer able to move from one line to another.  However, if you are in the Metro at 1.00 am and catch the last train, it will take you safely to your destination on that line.

Trains on the Koltsevaya Line run in a circle, so if you miss your stop, you just do one more lap.

The Koltsevaya Line is the most convenient way to transfer from one line to another.  If the the Moscow Metro seems to be a chaotic jumble of lines, just follow a very simple principle: go to the Koltsevaya Line, take that to the nearest station on the desired line and then transfer and continue to your destination.

The most congested Metro stations are those located near the railway station on the Koltsevaya Line: Komsomolskaya, Kurskaya, Kievskaya and Paveletskaya.  There is always a crowd at the Park Kultury station, and moving through the crowd to the escalator may take five to ten minutes.

Avoid the Vykhino station at rush hour, because it is an important transfer point for residents outside of Moscow travelling to work in Moscow by train and returning home in the evening.  That station is literally packed with people in the morning and evening.  You may have to wait for the third or fourth train.

Trains run frequently, for instance at rush hour almost every minute, and even late at night you will probably not have to wait more than five minutes.  Two exceptions are the shortest Metro lines, the Kalininskaya and Filyovskaya.  There you may have to wait seven to nine minutes at off-peak hours.  The Filyovskaya Line is especially well known for delays to the Mezhdunarodnaya station.  In that case, you may have to wait fifteen minutes for a train.

Practically all the Filyovskaya line is above ground, so in winter the cars can easily be dreadfully cold.  Dress warmly.

From the point of view of crime, the Moscow subway is perhaps one of the safest in the world.  You should observe common large-city safety precautions and keep track of your belongings and pockets, especially in a crowd.  Do not engage in arguments with excited passengers, especially fans travelling to a game or drunken youth.

A few seats in every carriage are marked "For passengers with children and persons with disabilities".  Few people pay attention to the instructions, and those seats are used by all.  However, if a woman with a child, an elderly person or a disabled person comes into the carriage, courtesy requires that you give up your seat, no matter where you are sitting.

In September 2012, a metro ticket costs 28 roubles.  It makes more sense to buy tickets beforehand for ten trips, especially if you have to move around the city centre.  On the one hand, it will be cheaper and on the other hand, there are usually long queues at the main stations and transfer stations.

To avoid standing in a queue for a ticket, you can use the ticket machines located in the station's lobby, but keep in mind that machines do not accept large denominations.

While waiting in a queue, you might see young people offering to sell a ticket for one or two trips.  These people are often selling fake tickets, which can sometimes be used, but abstain from buying those tickets for economical and ethical reasons.

Interactive map of the Moscow metro.