Transport and travel Moscow
With that of Saint-Pésol!
It is finally, after Tokyo, the busiest on the planet. Every day, nearly 7 million people use it. In the summer of 2005, when a blackout occurred for several hours, the authorities had to evacuate 2 million people from the metro!
It is 700 m between 2 stations, sometimes more, and again, we only talk about the center, because in the peripheral Moscow, it is more like 1 or 2 km ...
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The méville (for example, Pouchkinskaya and Tverskaya) where some indications appear in English. In short, without any notion of this alphabet, you risk wandering, like a lost soul, in the middle of the - often incessant - flow of passengers (who themselves know where they are going).
Looking at a plan, it looks a bit like a big spider full of legs that go all over the place, the "body" being delimited by the brown circular line no.5, which connects 10 other lines (it is between the first "Ring" and the second). In all, nearly 340 km of network, 203 stations (we are still building), spread over 12 lines ... which are numbered and each represented by a different color. Muscovites are more likely to find their bearings by the color of the line than by its number.
The ticket is quite cheap (around R60). You can also buy cards of 2, 5, 20, 40 or 60 journeys (around 100, 650, 1 and 300 R), more advantageous of course and which, in addition, avoid you having to queue at the cash desks (always a lot of people). This is a magnetic ticket to be affixed to an indicator light at the entrance to the barriers. Be careful, the latter always seem open ... but they close just before the passage if you try to defraud.
It also exists a smart card day ticket costs 210 R.
But we can only advise the purchase of the Troika card (50 R), which allows you to quickly make substantial savings if you often have to take public transport in Moscow: with it, the metro ticket costs only R 32 (it is also valid for public transport in common other than the metro).
It recharges (up to 3 R). Purchase at stations, at machines or at a counter. I
- Info: troika.mos.ru/en/about/
It is obviously tempting to resort to them in this city where it sometimes takes a lot of walking between metro stations, but unfortunately they are not cheap and you are very likely to find yourself stuck in traffic, at least during the day. .
To sum up: there are taxis officials, often yellow in color, bearing the sign "taxi", and taxis ... unofficial.
For unofficial taxis, it's more complicated 500 R for an average trip, and faster (up to 1 R) for a longer trip.
Curiously, the price difference is not huge between the 2 types of taxis; It is therefore unnecessary to insist on looking for one rather than the other (official taxi drivers, however, often know the city better and generally own a newer vehicle).
Otherwise, overall, no security issue. The only rule: that the driver is alone in the vehicle, which is the case most of the time. Don't be surprised at the disrespect for wearing seat belts - which Russians hate to put on.
A taximeter, a roof light and checkerboards ... It is with these attributes that we can, since September 2011, distinguish between legal taxis and illegal taxis.
Of course, Uber landed in Moscow and offers the same services as all other capitals. But the Russians responded with Yandex Taxi, which works the same way (Yandex is presented as the Russian Google, their yellow taxis are the most numerous in town).
For those who prefer official taxis, here is a company that works on the meter (with a minimum travel of around 400 R, for 20 minutes of journey, plus 30 R per additional kilometer):
- New Yellow Taxi: tee495-940-8888.
By bus, trolleybus and tram
There are no masses of bus in the center and, anyway, they are not easy to use, because it is difficult to know where they are going if one does not read Cyrillic. They are mainly present in the suburbs and greater suburbs, and to destinations where you will have little reason to go. Almost all bus routes are also operated by minibus, the marchroutka, a bit more expensive than the buses but a little faster too.
Le trolley, it follows more the main axes, but, there again, it is not easy to know its precise route ... Same general remark for the tram, except that it is slower and more jerky than the buses. The trend would also be to reduce the number of lines.
It exists different types of tickets : those reserved specifically for trams, trolleys and buses, called TAT (40 R) and valid for a single journey; they can be bought in the vehicle itself, but they are then sold by four and must be added.
Others are valid for a journey by metro and all other public transport for 90 minutes (60 R).
All these tickets are outside, and you can compost them yourself in the bus or the trolley; be careful, they are systematically checked.
- A convenient site for traveling by public transport: msk.rusavtobus.ru
By rental car
So the same.
Finally, you can come across a zealous policeman who will always have something to reproach you ... with an amicable financial settlement.
C'est bien sûr the best way to discover Moscow, but beware of the often long distances.
A few little tips too, before you let go. First, take into account the fact that pedestrians are only just beginning to have rights in Moscow. So be careful and wait until the little man who represents you is very green before crossing.
Beware even when the traffic light is favorable to you. Do not attempt to cross a street if the horizon is not clear and, above all, never do so if there is an underpass (perekhod). They are usually marked with a blue sign showing a little man coming down the steps ...
Mévous distances. Moscow being a very large city, the map sometimes does not give the real idea of the route. The nearest metro station can actually be a 15 minute walk away. The same goes for the numbering of the houses: 10 numbers can in fact represent a long avenue to be covered if they are large Stalinist buildings!
This is of course the best way to discover the city, but beware of the often long distances.
Pay attention and wait until the little man who represents you is very green before crossing at the pedestrian crossing. Beware even when the traffic light is favorable to you. Do not attempt to cross a street if the horizon is not clear and, above all, never do so if there is an underpass (perekhod).