Moscow’s metro map

The metro system of Moscow started operating on the 15th of May 1935. It soon became the most popular public transport in the capital. Now the extensive net of metro lines makes this system one of the busiest and most convenient in the world.

Facts and statistics

There are 15 lines and about 250 stations, the number of them increases all the time. More than 40 stations are listed as the objects of culture and remarkable architectural design. The total length is close to 400 km. And the number of trains is about 10 000. The average speed of the Mosco metro’s train is 40 km per hour.

The average travel distance for a passenger is 14.5 km per ride. Only with the metro system the districts of the capital of Russian became connected. Most of the stations have a daily traffic more than 50,000 passengers. The busiest are Kitai-gorod, Tushinskaya, VDNH, Novogireevo, Kuzminki, Vyhino.

Daily passenger traffic at the mentioned stations is about 100-150 thousand people. More than half of all the passenger rides are metro trips. On working days more than 9 million choose a metro connection. The record was set on the 850 anniversary of the city, in 1997, — over 14 million people used the metro on that day.

The operation of the metro through the years estimated as exemplary. The number of the staff numbers currently runs as more than 50,000 people. During the WWII, the metro system served as a bomb shelter. This fact inspired Dmitry Glukhovsky to place the characters of his  famous novel Metro 2033 into the Moscow metro system, 20 years after the nuclear global war.

The recent logo of the metro was designed by Artemy Lebedev Studio, although it is still the same red letter M as it was for decades of its Soviet history. The lines and stations are equipped with free Wi-Fi.

It is well-known for the palatial decorations of the stations created during Stalin’s period. Many of them are considered the architectural heritage of the capital. The general idea was to design palaces for common people hence a lot of peculiar columns a lot of marble in the decorations, many décor elements resemble world classical architectural patterns from Ancient Greece and Egypt to Art Nouveau. Some of the natural stones used for the decoration contain the petrified fossils. The deepest station goes 84 metres down from the surface. And one of the stations was constructed outside the official borders of the city in Krasnogorsk.

Useful information

Operating hours —  05:00 – 01:00 daily. On big holidays Moscow metro may work 24 h with the special announcement ahead.  Passengers may pay via NFC system. Also, it is possible to buy a different kind of travel tickets at the station for 1, 2 and more rides.

The regular transport cards for the citizens to use is Troika card, Universal ID Card, and Muscovite’s Social Card. Also it is possible to pay via mobile phone. Several stations are equipped with the pay gates allowing payment with a regular bank card (Visa and Mastercard), mobile phone supporting Android Pay or Samsung Pay.

Emergency contacts:

  • +7 (495) 539-54-54 (Mosco wtransport call center);
  • +7 (495) 688-03-25 (information desk);
  • +7 (495) 622-71-94 (police);
  • +7 (499) 787-25-86 (emergency line).

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