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The Moscow Metro is known as one of the most efficient and cheapest underground transit systems in the world and I would have to say the Moscow Metro is also one of the most beautiful. The stations are tourist attractions in their own right. The idea behind the stations was to make the city’s metro stations “palaces for the people” and has translated into some spectacular stations.
It’s easy to get lost in exploring the different styles of the stations and the magnificent arts of work from statues to stained glass windows.
There are so many stations to choose from! Here are the top ten stations you could visit; Elektrozavodskaya (Электрозаводская), Shosse Entuziastov (Шоссе Энтузиастов), Nakhimovsky Prospekt (Нахимовский Проспект), Park Pobedy (Парк Победы), Prospekt Mira (Проспе́кт Ми́ра), Kievskaya (Ки́евская), Komsomolskaya (Комсомо́льская), Novoslobodskaya (Новослобо́дская) , Mayakovskaya (Маяковская) and Ploschad Revolutsii (Пло́щадь Револю́ции) .
Essentials for the tour
- A map of the metro stations – As the signs in the stations are in Cyrillic, I suggest you highlight the Moscow Metro Stations you wish to see. This will make it easier when you are trying to find your way around the stations.
- A ticket, which you can buy at the ticket booth (“касса”) of every station. I bought a single ride costs 55 rubles for my self-guided tour as you don’t ever step out of any station. Be careful not to head towards the exit which is labelled “ВЫХОД В ГОРОД”/ “Exit to the city”. You can pay for a tour of the stations although the prices are not budget friendly in my opinion and are generally over 1,900 rubles.
Here is a Self Guided Tour of the Moscow Metro Stations
This self-guided tour will take you to 4 stations, starting at Komsomolskaya (Комсомо́льская) and ending at Ploschad Revolutsii (Пло́щадь Револю́ции) which is near Red Square. I would allow at least 1-2 hours minimum as this gives you more time to explore.
Arrive at Komsomolskaya (Комсомо́льская) Metro Station to start the tour. As it’s slightly outside of the city you will be probably be catching the metro here so depending on how you arrive at Komsomolskaya (Комсомо́льская) Metro Station you can arrive on either the red (1) line or brown (5) line. We arrived at the station on the red (1) line, it was underwhelming, was this it? Thankfully the next station required us to make our way to the brown (5) line and you finally experience the grand decor of the station. Words cannot describe how grand and beautiful these stations are, as you can see by these photos…
Now you’ve perfectly set yourself for the next stop at the brown (5) line which will take you to Novoslobodskaya (Новослобо́дская) Metro Station. Getting off you are taken aback by the marvellous stained glass across the station.
Swap at Berlorusskaya to green (2) line and get off at Mayakovskaya (Маяковская). When you first look at the hallways you cannot see the artwork hidden inside the oval shapes and walking under each one provides another mosaic masterpiece.
Last stop on the tour! Follow green (2) line to Teatralnaya and swap to blue (3) line to Ploschad Revolutsii (Пло́щадь Револю́ции) Metro Station. It’s full of statues depicting the people of the Soviet Union, there are a total of 76 sculptures in the station! You can tell the most popular statues as they are more worn like the man and his dog. Tourists and locals touch the dog’s nose for good luck.
We did also venture out to Park Pobedy (Парк Победы). The station is a little less convenient to get to whereas the 4 above are located near/around the centre of Moscow. It is the third deepest station in the world after Arsenalna in Kiev and Admiralteyskaya in St Petersburg. An impressive ride up and down the escalator, a little terrifying if you are scared of heights.
Have you ever ridden the Moscow Metro? Which station is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!