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Moscow Metro (Moskovskiy Metropoliten)
Moscow Metro (Moskovskiy Metropoliten)

Moscow Metro (Moskovskiy Metropoliten)

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The Basics

Taking a ride on the metro is a convenient way to get around Moscow, and you can easily hop among stations to admire their lavish designs. Guided tours take the hassle out of navigating the public transport system and provide greater insight into each station’s art and architecture, which often symbolize Russian culture or pay tribute to important historical figures and events.

Some of the most impressive stations include Novoslobodskaya, with its 32 colored glass panels and mosaics; Prospekt Mira, decorated in marble, granite, and chandeliers; and Ploshchad Revolyutsii, an homage to Soviet heroes represented by 76 bronze sculptures. There’s also Kievskaya, which celebrates the Ukrainian people with murals framed by gold-leaf borders; Mayakovskaya station, which has massive overhead lights and gigantic mosaics; and Komsomolskaya station, with its marble columns and gold mosaics.

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Private Moscow Metro Tour with Friendly Local Guide Guide
Private Moscow Metro Tour with Friendly Local Guide Guide
$80.77 per adult
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Guided metro tour Moscow
Vasily was an excellent tour guide! He took his time to explain how the metro first started in the historical aspects of why is the nature is how it is today. He showed me the different statues around the station and the mosaics along with the history behind them. I had a great time and I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn how to use the metro in Moscow, and to also see the museum there.
Kira_Z, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Moscow

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Asmaa_A, Jul 2021
Private Moscow Metro Tour with Friendly Local Guide Guide
Tatyana was very nice and friendly we loved having her as out guide. She showed us all the stations and taught us about them all and talked about all the interesting facts on each station.
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Smooth, unique and very well organised!
Ishaan_Dang, Jun 2021
Private Moscow Metro Tour with Friendly Local Guide Guide
Excellent tour, super smooth and well organised! Our guide, Svetlana was very informative and conducted the tour in a planned manner! The metro stations are extremely beautiful and unique. This tour is a must do!
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A Must See!!
mmaio, Feb 2020
Private Tour of the Moscow Metro with Hotel Pickup
Our group of 5 really enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide took us through the metro system with ease and was very knowledgeable not only about the history of these very opulent and beautiful stations, but the history of the country in general. Highly recommend!!
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Compass33689182871, Jan 2020
Private Tour of the Moscow Metro with Hotel Pickup
Excellent tour guide Katherine, knowledgeable, professional. courteous, charming and excited about the subjects she is working on, thus making her energy contagious to her tourists. We are all very grateful to her and highly recommend her.
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Tour of Moscow Metro
trmooney2019, Sep 2019
Private Tour of famous Moscow Metro. Explore the Underground World!
Our guide Alexandr promptly met us & proceeded In a relaxed but efficient manner to give a very worthwhile 3 hour tour of art in the Moscow Metro. Alexandr is very knowledgeable about the history & architecture, & with his good command of the English language made our tour all the more interesting.
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Moscow Metro Tour
Debasis_cal_in, Aug 2019
Private Tour of the Moscow Metro with Hotel Pickup
It was a nice experience to have the metro tour with our guide Oleg. We are very much impressed by the way he explained the characteristics and theme of each metro station to us. He also explained the unique constructional and architectural features of each of the stations. He took us to several stations belonging to different radial lines and the circular line.
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Interesting and perfect guide
dottorpinna, Aug 2019
Private Moscow Metro Tour with Friendly Local Guide Guide
Our trip through the metro in Moscow was fascinating, interesting and perfectly organized by our personal guide. She was kind and disponibile to answer all our question. The metro was splendid!
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Metro ride of your life
Dawn_K, Mar 2020
Private Tour of the Moscow Metro with Hotel Pickup
Katya was right on time. Picked us up at our hotel. She was so very friendly and knowledgeable! She took us to 11 stations and each and every one was stunning. She gave us a thorough understanding of the metro system and the amazing way it began. She pointed out so many interesting pieces of information and history. We enjoyed our time spent with Katya in the subway so much we purchased a book the following day on the Moscow Metro. If you get the chance to take this trip with Katya grab it and hang on! She was great!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • If you want to experience Moscow like a local, a ride on the metro is a must.

  • The Moscow Metro has more than 200 stations and 15 numbered and color-coded lines.

  • Most metro signs and on-board announcements are in Russian, but ticket machines are in English and Russian.

  • Various metro tickets are available including single and return tickets, and 20-, 40-, and 60-ride travel passes. A Troika Card offers the best value on combined metro, bus, and tram rides.

  • Children under seven ride free.

  • The metro is not easily accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Most stations are accessed by stairs, and many trains have a step or gap between the train and the platform.

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How to Get There

Metro Stations are located all around the city, so you won’t need to look far. Entrances are marked by a large red "M," and there are often multiple entrances to each station.

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When to Get There

Most Moscow metro stations open from 5:30am to 1am, and trains run frequently and regularly. It’s generally safe to travel on the subway even at night, and a late-evening journey might be your only chance to snap a crowd-free photo.

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Soviet Sites in Moscow

The metro system isn't the only remnant of Moscow’s Soviet era. Start with a stroll around the Red Square, home of many Soviet military parades and demonstrations, as well as Lenin’s Mausoleum. Learn more about the era at the Museum of Contemporary History, Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, and the Gulag history museum. Pay a visit to the massive All-Russian Exhibition Center (VDNKH), opened in 1935, and head to Lubyanka Square to see the former KGB headquarters.

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