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.
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.
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, tutu.ru 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.
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.
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:
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.
Foto by GUP «Mosgortrans»