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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO RUSSIA: PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Mar 26, 2018

At first, the prospect of boarding a bus or train in Russia may be terrifying, they are infamously crowded not to mention everything is in Cyrillic. The public transport systems in Russia, however, are also known for being some of the most affordable and efficient in the world.

METRO

If you are spending most of your time in cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg, the metro is an easy and affordable way to travel. Plus, it is a great way to see fantastic architecture and, in St. Petersburg, to experience one of the deepest subways in the world. Be sure to print out a station map before you arrive, as you might not be able to get one in English at the station.

Passengers can choose from a large options of tickets from one ride to a daily pass and beyond. Be sure to have cash to pay for train tickets, as credit cards are often denied for a variety of reasons.



MOSCOW CENTRAL CIRCLE

Last autumn, the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) – a 54 kilometres long railway – opened to passengers. It eased the burden on central stations and provided pedestrian access to many city sights. Transferring from the MCC to the metro and back is free during first 90 minutes of the trip, and the MCC has become almost like another metro line for passengers. Trains on the circle line run both directions every 5–10 minutes. Most announcements are made both in English and Russian.



SURFACE PUBLIC TRANSPORT

You can also use surface public transport to get to your destination in comfort. Trams, buses and trolleybuses are convenient for residents and tourists. Almost all of the routes pass a metro or railway station.

Muscovites consider the tram to be one of the most romantic forms of transit. The most famous route is Route A, nicknamed “Annushka” (little Anna). It runs from Kaluzhskaya Square to Chistye Prudy metro station. Route 39 is considered to be the most beautiful tram line. It begins near Chistye Prudy and runs along the Boulevard Ring with many old houses and estates of the historic centre. Route 17 is one of the fastest and most popular with Muscovites.



PAYING FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN RUSSIA

Two rate zones are used in Moscow. Zone A encompasses the traditional Moscow boundaries and the Novomoskovsky Administrative Area, while Zone B consists of the Troitsky and Zelenogradsky Administrative Areas and the Kuntsevo municipality. TAT cards, Unified Travelcards and 90 Minute tickets are valid in Zone A. The Autobus ticket and the Unified Travelcard can be used in Zone B.

+ UNIFIED TRAVELCARD: Tourists can get a multi-fare pass with unlimited trips for 24 hours, three days or a week, which can be used on surface transport, the metro, MCC and monorail. The prices are 210, 400 and 800 roubles respectively.
+ TAT: The name of this blue ticket is the acronym of the Russian words for “trolley-bus, bus and tram,” which means that it is only valid for surface transit.
+ 90 MINUTE TICKET: This red-and-white ticket is convenient when trip length is less than 90 minutes. It is assumed that you will make one trip by metro and then change to surface transit within 90 minutes. This ticket is 65 roubles for one trip, 130 roubles for two trips and 2,650 roubles for 60 trips.
+ AUTOBUS CARD: This blue-and-white ticket for Zone B is printed in several options. The one-trip card costs 40 roubles, the 60-trip card is 1,150 roubles and the 30-day card 1,040 roubles.



All passage tickets are sold at metro ticket offices and ticket vending machines. Ticket vending machines are also located near some public transit stops. Credit Bank of Moscow and Elexnet agency network payment terminals also sell tickets.

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