ransport in Moscow

The Moscow transport system is presently undergoing changes — for example, a railway ring line inside the city with transfers to the metro will start to function in 2016. So, when preparing your trip to Moscow, use only relevant information. Public transport routes through Moscow can be computed with the help of Yandex — the national search engine online maps; 2GIS map service, as well as Google Maps. If you use traditional paper maps, make sure they were not published more than a year ago.

t’s not difficult to find public transport stops in Moscow

All metro exits are indicated by a huge letter "M"– there are several kinds of these logos.

Ground transport stops usually look like pavilions with white, blue or yellow signs.

Sometimes, generally in the center, the stop is indicated only by the sign which either hangs on the tram wires, mounted on a special pylon or is attached to a lamppost.


City railway stations are small station houses with entry systems similar to those in the metro.

etro trains in Moscow run between every 1.5 minutes (during peak hours) and 10 minutes. Train schedules and ground transport is far more difficult

For Russian-speaking tourists, it’s better to download the free program «Yandex.Transport» for mobile devices (iOS, Android). This app indicates on the map the exact time your bus, tram or trolleybus will arrive at your stop.


With regard to commuter trains - there are several special schedule sites and applications - for example, site and Yandex.Elektrichki service. But these are services for Russian speakers. Google maps can also  help to give an approximate calculation of public transport intervals.

nformation desks with English-speaking operators have appeared recently in the lobbies of several central metro stations (eg. Arbatskaya, Kievskaya). They can suggest the best route in Moscow by public transport.
The guaranteed starting time of Moscow public transport is 6 a.m. The metro and main ground transport stop functioning at 1 a.m., which means that at 01:02 you won’t be able to enter the metro, while, at that time, buses, trolley buses and trams start their last trip from their terminal. Some forms of ground transport with non-popular routes stop functioning even earlier – so please check the schedule. Some bus routes do not operate during weekends.

However, if you have managed to enter the metro or take ground transport, you will reach your required stop. The metro escalators on the connecting passages cease to function at 1 a.m., so you will need to walk. And, if the train on the other line has already left, you will have to go out into the city at night.

Remember that it’s strictly forbidden to drink alcohol and smoke in Moscow's public transport (this is also true for all Moscow's public spaces).

Metro station
he Fare System in Moscow's transport is quite complicated
The metro, ground transport and commuter trains have totally different rates. However, tickets which are sold at the Metro ticket booth, are also valid for ground transport.

The most convenient rate for tourists is the "Complete ticket" - with no limit on the number of trips – for 1, 3, 7 or 30 days. These tickets are sold at the Metro ticket booth. You simply have to say to the cashier:

But, you can buy single-ride tickets – for 1, 2, 20, 40 trips. For children up to 7 years of age the trips are free of charge.

Photo by Ilya Razumov

As for the commuter train tickets (the most commonly used name in Russian is "elektrichka") - they are sold at the ticket terminals close to the railway stations (payment by credit card is possible). In the railway ticket offices (as well as at the Metro ticket booth) you can pay by cash only. They do not usually accept credit cards.


You need to get your ticket validated each time you enter the metro or railway station or when entering ground transport. In the metro and railway stations, you need to touch the turnstile with the ticket (in the railway station, you need to insert the paper ticket into the slot in the turnstile). On buses, trolley buses and trams look for the yellow ticket validator near the entrance door. You can generally enter ground transport only via the front door.

Foto by GUP «Mosgortrans»

n addition to public transport, there are private buses in Moscow
They are mostly small (the Russian name is "marshrutka").

We can’t recommend this type of transport to tourists; it will be much safer to use public transport (including minibuses with the "Mosgortrans" logo).


axi service in Moscow is now sufficiently developed
There are several popular applications for calling a car (including Uber, as well as national operators Gett and Yandex.Taxi). 

There are several companies that operate in the old way – taking orders by phone. Plus, Moscow taxi drivers still understand the language of the "raised hand" - on busy streets, you can adopt this old way of getting a taxi.

However, a car ordered by phone or online will be clean, tidy and legal - we can’t say the same about the cars belonging to private drivers which you get via the “raised hand” method.

Taxi fares are now quite democratic – from 5 to 10 euros for a trip in the city.