Going sightseeing, but afraid of traffic? Moscow transport is a great alternative!
You'll travel fast,cheap and easy, skip most of the jams, and save lots of time.
Moscow transport may not be very comfortable but nothing beats it as the traffic gets worse by the year. Plus, taxis cost a lot these days...
Moscow metro is the Alpha and Omega. Its 177 stations work hard everyday to transfer more than 9 million people, so it can get crowded at times. In any case, it's a great way to get to most of the Moscow sights. Most of them sit in the center, so don't go by car unless you really need to.
Just get to the closest station, buy a ticket (multiple rides are cheaper), and you are ready to go. Use this map if you need directions.
Be careful when you pass through the gates-only do this after the light turns green.
If you put a card next to the white circle, and the light doesn't change-don't try another terminal - you'll lose a ride. Instead, wait a few seconds and try again on the same machine.
The metro is simple. Trains stop at every station without exceptions, and there are no complicated schedules to remember.
The only case is when you travel from "Kievskaya" - some of the trains go to "Mezhdunarodnaya". They are announced in advance, but it's not much use if you don't speak Russian.
Don't worry. Even if you do make a mistake - you can always return. The delay will be no more than 10 minutes.
The next popular type of transport is the bus. Lately, they've been upgraded with newer, more comfortable models.
Buy a ticket in advance, and pass the front door, where the turnstile is located. Put your ticket inside the machine, wait a few seconds, get it back and go on.
Remember - always save the ticket until the end of the ride. Automatic turnstile doesn't mean you won't be checked.
If you forgot to buy a ticket - get one from the driver. It costs more and isn'tt very convenient, so try to avoid that. The best solution is to buy a ticket for several rides, 10 or even 20. They are valid everywhere but metro, so it's a good deal.
Public taxis are a popular alternative in case you find the buses too crowded or slow. Hop into one of these fast minivans, and be there in no time! The tariffs are slightly higher than official, but it's well worth it.
By the way, if you see a yellow license plate-it means the car has passed additional safety inspection.
Here's another tip - always have some cash to pay for a ride. Moscow public transport doesn't accept credit cards.
Now it's time to talk about more exotic forms of transport.
The first one is tram. Not many cities have it, so here's your chance! They are smooth,fast, and don't suffer that much from traffic jams.
Trolleybus is the second. I'd bet you haven't seen it yet! This cross-breed between a bus and a tram is widely used in Moscow.
Goes quetly, doesn't pollute... the only problem is age. Trolleybuses haven't been upgraded for a looong time, unlike buses and trams, so don't expect much comfort.
In any case - don't forget to enter through the front door ONLY! Otherwise you may get the driver upset, and you don't wanna do that!
There's also a monorail that connects "VDNKh" and "Savelovskaya" metro stations. It was supposed to be a big project, but was never expanded beyound the trial line, so it's more of an attraction.
Use Moscow transport as a great alternative to expensive taxis. You will save time and money, and know Moscow better that way!
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