You have certainly heard it from people who has travelled and has had the chance to admire the Moscow and St. Petersburg’s metro stations: sometimes it seems more to be in a museum than in a metro station! The richness of marbles, mosaics and chandeliers are combined with an excellent transport service and a high tidiness standard. On this web page, you find some information about the metro lines of the two capital cities of Russia, the 2015 updated metro maps and some pictures of the most beautiful metro stations.
Moscow metro spreads all over the Russian capital city and is the second busiest metro system after Tokyo. It is famous for the architectonic beauty of many of its stations, iconic of Socialist Realism’s art. In addition to the aesthetic aspect, the Moscow metro offers high quality service for functionality and timeliness. The first line opened on 15 May 1935, from Sokolniki station to Park Kultury station, with a branch to Smolenskaya. This branch became Arbatskaya line, that in 1937 used to arrive to Kievskaya, crossing Moskva River through a bridge. Currently Moscow metro includes 320.9 km rails, 12 lines and 192 stations. During a normal weekday it transports 8/9 million passengers. Each line is identified with a number. 5M line, Koltsevaya (ring-shaped), in its 20 km length intersects with all other lines, except for Kachovskaya and Butovskaya. Following you find the photos of some of the best Moscow metro stations and the metro map updated to 2015, displaying all the connections among the 12 lines. In our section Excursions Moscow you can find the tour over the best metro stations.
St. Petersburg subway
St. Petersburg metro develops over 5 lines, four of them intersect one with the other. The whole network. It includes 113.6 km and 68 stations. It was built at a deep level because of the Neva River: the deepest station is Admiralteskaya, at 86 meters below ground. Platforms are very wide and some of them are provided with screen doors, the so called “horizontal lift”. The platform doors open and close conteporaneausly with the train. Stations are quite far one from the other: between 1 and 2 km. The first line opened on 15 November 1955, from Avtovo and Ploshad Vosstania station, and then it was lengthened to Prospekt Veteranov and Devyatkino. The second line opened in 1961, the third one in 1967, the fourth one in 1985, and the fifth one on 20 December 2008. Following you find the photos of some of the best St. Petersburg metro stations and the metro map updated to 2015, displaying all the connections among the 5 lines. In our section Excursions St. Petersburg you can find the tour in the best metro stations, we suggest to visit the Red Line (Line 1).