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“The only way to get around Moscow!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Moscow Metro

Moscow Metro
Vozdvizhenka, Moscow, Russia
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Moscow Metro Tour
Ranked #31 of 1,379 Attractions in Moscow
Type: Architectural Buildings, Public Transportation Systems, Other
Activities: Group tours/city tour
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Owner description: Riding the city's underground subway system is a sightseeing tour in itself with huge, vaulted, marble-columned stations - some with ornate mosaics and splendid stained glass - designed and decorated by famous Russian architects and sculptors.
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“The only way to get around Moscow!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

About 10 years ago I gave up trying to get around Moscow by vehicle. Drivers for the day can't find a place to park and you can't find them after your meeting. Taxis are almost unavailable and in either case Moscow traffic is so heavy it is impossible to get to meetings on time. The Metro is completely predictable. Trains come at least once every 2 minutes. There is more information now in English in the station but it is important to do a lot of preparation. You must have with you a map in both English and Russian of the metro system. I have not seen a printable map that is actually readable that has both languages. You must have a Russian map of where you need to go which you can get from Google maps. Most metro stations have many exits and unless you know the street names in Russian, you will have no idea which exit to take nor will you know where you are when you eventually find your way to street level. Moscow's metro stations are often hundreds of feet underground and the distance between different exits and entrances can be measured in 100s of meters.

Visited September 2013
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“A work of art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The metro is an absolute must. Before you go google the Russian alphabet and write down how you pronounce each letter. This makes navigating the metro a doodle. You get into the station, follow the signs for the line you want, then you have a choice of 2 platforms. You look at how your station should be written, the first few letters will do, then bingo you go in that direction. We were staying near Smolenskaya which begins with CMO....
The stations on the circle line are worth a look out. Arbat is a great station.

Visited August 2013
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“A Great Ride & Best Way To Get Around Moscow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

While the tour books warn of pickpockets and all the signs are in Cyrillic, we found the Moscow subway to be relatively easy to navigate. Be sure to get a map or maps with English and Cyrillic names of stations, available on the website, and ask for help if needed. Tickets are sold a variety of ways including per ride and you can just ask for the number of rides you need by holding up your fingers at the ticket both. There are also ticket machines. Moscow traffic can be brutal, so the Metro is the best way to get around the city and many stations are tourist sites in their own right.

Visited August 2013
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Minneapolis, mn
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“Transit palaces and a really effective system!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We did a tour of the metro stations and loved it. The Soviet government made such a big investment in making these stations into showpieces. We liked Revolutskiy station the best, with its 64 bronze statues. Several stations had mosaic tableaux on their ceilings. The Metro system itself is very extensive, cheap, and easy to use, but it is almost always somewhat crowded and occasionally extremely crowded.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Make sure you have a map showing the old Russian vocabulary as word recognition is the only way to find the right station. However at 60p an anywhere ride is excellent value although don't expect to get a seat.

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