Now this was the bit I was looking forward to most. I’d seen enough photos of St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin. I’d set us the target of hitting the ten best stations on the Moscow Metro, but in the end we only managed seven as cake and coffee were calling.
As with many of the underground systems that we have encountered, they make London Underground seem like the third world. I can only imagine how difficult tourists find the TFL ticket machines, zones, stifling heat and endless stairs. Only New York and Paris can be worse. We simply bought a card loaded with 20 journeys for about £4 and each time we went through a barrier, the card was passed back for the next adult. The children were ushered through by very polite and friendly station staff. They even have special attendants who will accompany older people or those with a disability. We never had to wait for more than three minutes for a train and there were no delays. The stations were spotlessly clean, there was free wi-fi on the trains and it was incredibly easy to navigate, with directional signs on the walls, floors and overhead. All escalators were supervised top and bottom by real people and not by CCTV.
I can’t recall exactly which photo relates to each and every station, but here are a selection:
Politics aside, I would like to visit Moscow again and I hear that the St Petersburg Metro is also worth a gander.