An exciting way to learn more about the city you live in is to head out on its public transport network. The regions of Moscow are well served by a series of Metro lines, buses, trolley’s, trams and trains. The most efficient way to travel around the city is to hop on the Metro, which runs approximately every two minutes. Many of the Metro stations were designed by famous artist, architects and sculptures and could be described as works of art. They are well worth a visit, especially those on the brown line. Bus, tram and trolley buses tend to be a little harder to navigate as stops are often hard to identify or completely unmarked. When using these methods it is always wise to keep a good public transport map close to hand.

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There are number of different types of public transport in Moscow. Including the metro, bus, trolley bus, tram and taxi.

Undoubtedly the most popular method is the metro. The Moscow metro is renowned for its efficiency and vast reaching network. The first metro line was built in 1935 with 13 stops. Now, the service runs to150 stops and has 12 different lines including the famous Garden ring which circles Moscow city.

The metro was designed by prominent architects, artists and sculptures. This has resulted in a labyrinth of unique stations which could be described as a museum of arts.

As the metro is the most popular means of transport, it is often crowded and rush hour can be a tightly packed experience. Rush hours are between: 8-9 am and 5-7 pm. The first journey of the day begins at 5.20 am, and the last is at 1 am. However, it is advised to make sure that you’re at the station by 12.50am as the operators can be over zealous and leave early. The services run approximately every 2 minutes.

To pay for your journey, purchase a  travel card from the cashier in the metro. You can than pay to load the card within different numbers of journeys. They can be bought in 5, 10 and 20. If you intend to use the metro regularly, you’ll save money and time by buying a monthly pass.

Although not all staff will speak English, you will be able to make yourself understood. If you try to travel without a pass or a card without credit, an alarm will sound and you’ll than be expected to pay a monetary fine of around 20 dollars.

In terms of buses, trolleys and trams they do not reliably run to schedule and waiting times can vary from 5 minutes to 40 minutes. They also reflect the running time of the metro, although they are less frequently used by expats. The ticket costs are the same as the metro and can be purchased from the driver, in the metro or at the kiosks located near to the bus stops.

Nearly all of Moscow’s public transport network has been fitted with turnstiles. This means all passengers have to board at the front of the vehicle. And there’s no avoiding purchasing a ticket. Traveling by public transport can be a unique experience, so buy yourself a ticket and go explore your new surroundings!

Useful Links

Moscow Metro: Official Site

The public transportation site of Moscow. Find bus, tram, trolley and metro routes and schedules, as well as current ticket pricing.

Interactive Metro Map

Calculate your travel time using this ingenious interactive map. Click on the station name to get a description and pictures of the specific stop.


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Useful Documents/Articles

Metro Map

When riding the labrynthine metro lines in Moscow, it might be good to have a map. Find one here.

Taxis in Moscow

A helpful guide to taxis in the seventh largest city on the planet. Find it here.

Driving Guide

Although traffic can be heavy, many people prefer to travel by car. It’s worth being fully aware that all street names and signs will be in Cyrillic. Therefore be sure to have a Cyrillic map handy. It is not uncommon for the police to stop cars and Russian will be their language of choice, so if you do decide to drive, make sure you have a few driving related words under your belt.

For further information regarding the dos and don’ts of car ownership, click here.

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