The best way to get around Moscow is on the Metro. It is a very
nice rail system. The cars are always clean and the terminals are
very well guarded and safe. Stalin paid a pretty penny to make sure
the Metro was a global gem and he succeeded. Make sure to stop at
the Kievskaya station to see the paintings and sculptures and a
visit to the station at Victory Park (Park Pobedi) is breathtaking.
Plan ahead as you approach your intended stop. The passengers move
quickly and shoving isn’t out of the question. Keep a close
eye on the posters above the seats to see how many stops you are
away from your destination. Once you exit the train car move quickly
to the sides of the station away from the foot traffic. Most Moscow
residents move very quickly through the corridors and become agitated
when tourists stop in the middle of a walkway to read a map or sign.
From the walls you can see the signs directing you either to connecting
stations or to exits to the city.
Another thing to keep in mind is the underground walkways that
lead to the metro stations. These walkways are filled with newsstands,
snack bars and cheap mini stores. They are also a way to avoid crossing
the sometimes hectic traffic on the surface streets. If a street
looks like it is too busy to cross on foot, look for a subway station
and you may find a way to safely cross below the street underground.
Depending on how long you stay in Moscow, buy a Metro pass for
multiple rides. Each train has maps with Cyrillic and English equivalent
You can also take a taxi, Russian skills required, or a bus.