Metro is the cheapest and fastest transport in Moscow. It's open from 5.30 am to 1 am. 1 trip costs 30 rubles (approx. 1 USD ). It has no zones, you pay only once to get inside metro. There're also cards for 5, 11 , 20, 60 trips. (You can share this card if you travel together with friends. If you buy a card with 11+ rides 1 trip will cost you less). Each metro station has a ticket office, in Russian it's written "KACCA"
The easiest way to learn how the metro works is to go there with your Moscow tour guide. (Metro tour is included in our package tours). But you can also take metro on your own, and you don't need to be very brave!
Here you can find the map of Moscow metro. This map has English and Russian names of the stations. It's very important to keep this version because in Moscow most of the signs (including the station names) are in Cyrillic. If you get used to these signs it'll be easy to use the metro.
Let's take an example. Suppose a peson lives in National hotel. He wants to get to Arbat street by metro. The hotel is near OKHOTNY RYAD metro station. He needs to get to SMOLENSKAYA metro station dark blue line. (This is the nearest station to Arbat street) We're going to follow him on his way. Now we can have a look at the map (the fragment of Moscow metro map)
1. He starts at OKHOTNY RYAD (ОХОТНЫЙ РЯД) station (red line) and he goes to SMOLENSKAYA (СМОЛЕНСКАЯ) station (dark blue line)
He needs to go down 1 stop to BIBLIOTEKA IM. LENINA (БИБЛИОТЕКА ИМ. ЛЕНИНА), change to dark blue line to ARBATSKAYA (АРБАТСКАЯ). Then he follows dark blue line to SMOLENSKAYA (СМОЛЕНСКАЯ) station.
2.It's easy to recognise the metro in Moscow. It's marked with the latin letter M.
3. He follows down the escalator.
At the platform in the middle of the hall he finds the sign
The station BIBLIOTEKA IM. LENINA (БИБЛИОТЕКА ИМ. ЛЕНИНА) is listed on the right (first word on top)– track 1 . He takes the train on the right and gets off at the next station.
4.AtBIBLIOTEKA IM. LENINA (БИБЛИОТЕКА ИМ. ЛЕНИНА) he has to change to dark blue line. There's a sign in the middle of the platform
He follows the arrow to the left dark blue line (number 3).
5. At the station ARBATSKAYA (АРБАТСКАЯ) he needs to find the right track.
The sign helps him.
The station SMOLENSKAYA (СМОЛЕНСКАЯ) is listed on the right (first word on top).
The traveler takes the train on the right and gets off at the first station.
6 At SMOLENSKAYA (СМОЛЕНСКАЯ) he finds the sign 'exit to the city' and follows the arrow.
7.The escalator takes him outside where he meets his friend.
If you get used to these signs it'll be very easy for you to use the metro. You don't even need your Moscow travel guide to get around the city. The colors help you a lot to find your way.When you're inside the train you normally don't see names of stations. The main idea is to count stops while sitting in the train.
Sometimes there's not only one exit to the city ('ВЫХОД В ГОРОД"). It'll be more complicated to decide which one is what you need but in any case these exits are not far from each other.
Moscow metro is safe and clean! It's a unique architectural ensemble and the stations are stunning halls decorated with statues, paintings, mosaics and huge chandeliers.
Your Moscow tour guide will be happy to show you the beautiful metro stations during your tour.