Moscow Metro

Moscow Metro Information

Over the years the Moscow metro system is one that has truly been transformed. From its humble beginnings in the year 1935, to being one of the most important means of public transportation in Moscow. How? The network which originally operated on just 1 line, serving 13 stations in total is now considered to be the busiest metro system outside Asia. Spanning over 330 km in length, it comes as no surprise to learn that it is the fifth longest metro system in the entire world. It now comprises of 12 lines that serve 200 stations and has an annual ridership of 2.4 billion (2014). Moskovsky Metropoliten are the operators of this massive system.

Moscow Metro Map

Map of Moscow Metro showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it.

Moscow Metro Hours

Although almost all the stations close by 01:00 am in the morning, the first train from all the stations is not always as the same time. The earliest being 06:00 am. The headway of the trains during the peak hours is 1.5 minutes.

Moscow Metro Fare

The passengers of the metro can choose between a single ticket or the travel card, Troika. There are special tickets available that come under the following categories: 90 minutes, Social student card, Moscow social card and Festive and commemorative tickets.

A single ticket can be used on any of the modes of public transportation among the, metro, bus, tram, trolley and monorail as well. There are two types of single tickets available. One set of tickets that one can use once or twice and so on… and the other set of tickets that allow for unlimited travel for the number of days the ticket is purchased for. The price of 1 trip is 50 Roubles, whereas 20 trips cost 650 Roubles. The maximum number of trips one can purchase for is 60. This ticket costs 1570 Roubles. Unlimited travel tickets are available for as short as 1 day and go up to ones which last for an entire year. The price ranges from 210 Roubles for 1 day to 18,200 Roubles for an entire year.

The transport card, Troika is suggested for those people who use public transportation regularly. The maximum amount of money one can put into the card is 3000 Roubles, while the card itself lasts for 5 years. The price for a single trip while paying using the Troika is just 32 Roubles. A kind of a monthly pass is also available which costs 2550 Roubles. One ticket is arranged for the month, on all kinds of public transportation. With regard to using the subway, a maximum number of 70 trips can be taken and not any more.
A 90 minute card is available for 1,2 and 60 trips. The ticket that’s for 1 trip costs 60 Roubles and is valid for just 1 day. The 2 trip ticket on the other hand costs 100 Roubles but is valid for 5 days. Finally, the 60 trips ticket is priced at 2400 Roubles and is valid for only 90 days.

Children under the age of 7 get to use the metro service for free.

For more information on fares, tickets and cards, you can visit the official website at:

Moscow Metro Parking

Park and ride facilities are provided for bikes predominantly.

For more information on the parking facilities provided by the Moscow metro, you can visit the official website at:

Moscow Metro Rules and Tips

An additional expense while travelling on the Moscow metro is that one needs to purchase a ticket for their baggage. Even after that the luggage is confined to some terms and conditions. Some accessories likes skis, fishing rods, carriages etc. can be carried inside for no additional fee. Using a non-working escalator without prior permission is considered to be an offence. Enter the train only after the closing red lights stop beeping. A lot of the usual items that are considered to be a threat to the security of the metro are banned. For example items like, firearms, explosives,flammables etc. Certain less harmful things like big baggage, animals out of their respective cages, means of transport like bicycles, strollers etc. are also prohibited. Smoking, drinking and narcotics complete the list of prohibited substances. There is a certain code of conduct while using the escalator and running up and down them is strictly not allowed as it is considered to be a nuisance.

For more information on the rules of the metro, you can visit the official website at:

Moscow Metro Lines

Moscow Metro consists of 12 lines and each line is identified by number, name and color.

Index & Name transliterated into Latin script Name in Cyrillic script First opened Latest Length Stations
colour extension (km)
 1 Sokolnicheskaya Сокольническая 1935 2016 32.5 22
 2 Zamoskvoretskaya Замоскворецкая 1938 2015 39.9 22
 3 Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Арбатско-Покровская 1938 2012 45.1 22
 4 Filyovskaya Филёвская   1958[Note 1] 2006 14.9 13
 5 Koltsevaya (Circle) Кольцевая 1950 1954 19.3 12
 6 Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Калужско-Рижская 1958 1990 37.6 24
 7 Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Таганско-Краснопресненская 1966 2015 42 23
 8 Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya (east)[Note 2] Калининско-Солнцевская 1979 2012 16.3 8
 8A Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya (west)[Note 2] Калининско-Солнцевская 2014 2014 3.4 2
 9 Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Серпуховско-Тимирязевская 1983 2002 41.2 25
10 Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Люблинско-Дмитровская 1995 2011 28 17
11 Kakhovskaya Каховская 1995 1969 3.3 3
12 Butovskaya Бутовская 2003 2014 10 7
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