How To NOT Get Lost In Moscow Metro

metrothumbMoscow Metro is considered to be the busiest metro system outside Asia and it really can be a nightmare for tourist who have no knowledge of Cyrillic alphabet. It is easy to get lost in Moscow Metro unless you know the right tricks. The following post will help you navigate in Moscow’s metro easier, better and faster.

1. How to buy a ticket

You can buy your ticket at any entrance to the metro station at a ticket machine or at the cash desk. Depending on your needs you buy one from the following fares. (1 EUR is currently 70 rb)

1 ride = 50 rb
2 rides = 100 rb
5 rides = 180 rb
11 rides = 360 rb
20 rides = 580 rb

These tickets are valid from the entrance to the metro system until you exit it. There are also time limited tickets, which in my opinion don’t make much sense since you can change the metro lines without scanning the ticket again.

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After you bought yourself the ticket, you scan it at the tourniquet and proceed. You can also share it with your friend (that way you don’t have to buy two separate tickets).

2. How to find the right line

Navigation might get tricky, but this will help. You will find maps of the Moscow metro system in all metro stations, mostly at the entrance but also in the metro itself. If you look close enough, under the Cyrillic name you will find the English version of it. This way you know how to read it in case you hear the lady at the metro announcing your next stop.

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In the metro system you will also find signs navigating to the right metro line. The easiest way to find your line is to look at its number and color.

Sign showing you the direction for the red N7 and grey N9 line and the way out

Sign showing you the direction for the red N7 and grey N9 line and the way out

In case you are still struggling to find your line, look at the ground, there are arrows showing you the way to your metro line.

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3. How to change your line

You will often find yourself in the situation where you will need to change the metro line. There are always directions showing you the right way. If you can’t encrypt the Cyrillic words, look for the signs above which shows you the color and the number of the line. You will often see the word “Преход“ which is the transition between the lines.

Sign showing the transition between the stations Pushkinskaya and Tverskaya as well as the direction for exit

Sign showing the transition between the stations Pushkinskaya and Tverskaya as well as the direction for exit

4. How to find the right way out

You are in the metro, full of people and want to get out. First look above the door, there is always a map showing the stops of the metro line you are in. Sometimes it even shows the current stop and the name of the station in English (mostly the case, but not always).

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Navigation above the door shows you your current location, name of the station and the transition to other metro lines

Right under the Cyrillic names you will find (often) the English translation

Right under the Cyrillic names you will find (often) the English translation

You exit the metro and look up to the signs which show you the way out (выход в город). In some metro stations there is more than just one exit. Often, the sign showing you the way out, gives additional information i.e. the street name where you will exit the metro system. This is unfortunately only in Russian. Another tip is to look on the ground for the arrows showing you the way out. I know that this might not be the optimal way to navigate since during rush hours you can’t even see your own feet not to mention some arrows.

Sign on the ground showing you the way out as well as the direction to the station Pushkinskaya

Sign on the ground showing you the way out as well as the direction to the station Pushkinskaya

Way out with further information /street name etc.

Way out with further information /street name etc.

5. How to navigate fast (app)

Travel the Moscow Metro like a local and get yourself the Yandex Metro App free from the Apple, Android or Windows Store. This is the best metro app on the market and it shows you the exact route and duration of your trip. If your GPS is on, it even shows you the current metro station. In case you had no time downloading it at home, thanks to the free Wi-Fi in the Moscow Metro you can download it right at the station. More on how to connect to the Wi-Fi network in the upcoming post.

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Yandex Metro App will help you navigate in the Moscow Metro

This is everything you need to know in order to navigate in Moscow Metro faster, saver and better. There should be an update concerning the navigation in Moscow Metro which should be enrolled this year. However I think that might still take some time.

If you like this post, feel free to share it with your friends who are planning a trip to Moscow. I believe they will appreciate it. This is one of three posts in my Moscow Metro Mini Series. There will be more coming out soon. To get the latest news connect with me via Facebook Kubasjourneys. Also let me know about your Moscow Metro experiences 🙂

 

2 Comments

  1. thank you so much for this post, I am going in a few weeks, and this really helps my confidence in navigating the system.

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