Moscow’s metro of magnificence

You may have heard about Moscow’s metro system. If you haven’t, do yourself a favour and take a ride on it sometime. It’s one of the most breathtaking public transport experiences available to you, and on top of all that, it’s super cheap.

The system was opened in 1935 and as of 2017 it had grown to almost 345km of track from its original 11km. That makes it the world’s fifth longest system, but few of those above or below it on that list can boast the beauty of Moscow’s stations. A grand total of 44 of its more than 200 stations are declared cultural heritage sites, and when you walking inside them, it’s easy to see why. Travel on the system is incredibly cheap — a ticket anywhere in the city costs less than $1, and trains are on time.

Best of all, you can take photos freely down there without a permit, provided you’re not using a flash or a tripod, which is challenging but far more open than many of its western equivalents. In fact there are even designated “selfie spots” dotted on the floors of many of the stations. You could say photography is actively encouraged by the authorities, which is so refreshing. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been questioned while taking photos in public places in Sydney. At stations, forget it, not that any of them are worth photographing anyway.

The history of Moscow’s metro is also pretty awesome. Stalin gave speeches during World War II in some of them, they protected citizens from German bombs during that same conflict, and in the case of Mayakoyskaya station, acted as a central anti-aircraft command post. Not a bad place to work while the world above you is falling to pieces.

Here is a selection of shots from some of the stations we visited while in Moscow, but if you do get a chance to see these locations with your own eyes, I’d urge you to do so.

Mayakovskaya Station

Opened: 11 September 1938
Russian spelling: Маяковская
Line: No.2 Zamoskvoretskaya (Green)

Mayakovskaya Station | Moscow | Russia

Mayakovskaya Station | Moscow Metro

Komsomolskaya Station

Opened: 30 January 1952
Russian spelling: Комсомо́льская
Line: No.5 Koltsevaya (Brown)

Komsomolskaya | Moscow Metro

Komsomolskaya Station | Moscow Metro

Elektrozavodskaya Station

Opened: 15 May 1944
Russian spelling: Электрозаводская
Line: No.3 Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya (Dark Blue)

Elektrozavodskaya Station | Moscow Metro | Russia

Elektrozavodskaya Station | Moscow Metro

Novoslobodskaya Station

Opened: 30 January 1952
Russian spelling: Новослобо́дская
Line: No.5 Koltsevaya (Brown)

Novoslobodskaya Station | Moscow Metro | Russia

Novoslobodskaya Station | Moscow Metro

Taganskaya Station

Opened: 1 January 1950
Russian spelling: Тага́нская
Line: No.5 Koltsevaya (Brown)

Taganskaya Station | Moscow Metro | Russia

Taganskaya Station | Moscow Metro

Kiyevskaya Station

Opened: 20 March 1937
Russian spelling: Киевская
Line: No.4 Filyovskaya (Light Blue)

Kiyevskaya Station | Moscow Metro | Russia

Kiyevskaya Station | Moscow Metro

Arbatskaya Station

Opened: 5 April 1953
Russian spelling: Арба́тская
Line: No.3 Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya (Dark Blue)

Arbatskaya Station | Moscow Metro | Russia

Arbatskaya Station | Moscow Metro

Baumanskaya Station

Opened: 18 January 1944
Russian spelling: Бауманская
Line: No.3 Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya (Dark Blue)

Baumanskaya Station | Moscow Metro | Russia

Baumanskaya Station | Moscow Metro

TVERskaya Station

Opened: 20 July 1979
Russian spelling: Тверская
Line: No.2 Zamoskvoretskaya (Green)

Tverskaya Station | Moscow Metro | Russia

Tverskaya Station | Moscow Metro

Aeroport Station

Opened: 11 September 1938
Russian spelling: Аэропо́рт
Line: No.2 Zamoskvoretskaya (Green)

Aeroport | Moscow Metro | Russia

Aeroport | Moscow Metro

SOKOL Station

Opened: 11 September 1938
Russian spelling: Со́кол
Line: No.2 Zamoskvoretskaya (Green)

Sokol Station | Moscow Metro | Russia

Sokol Station | Moscow Metro