Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Residents of Moscow find the Moscow Metro the most beautiful in the world.This is a summary received after asking over 300 people what exactly they like and don’t like about the Moscow Metro.

As for those doors, it is difficult to imagine how many people have broken their arms and hurt their heads against them. Besides, before surmounting this obstacle, try to guess which of the doors are open.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Since people don’t want to waste their time standing in the line to purchase a ticket, profiteers never lose an oportunity to make some money on selling you a ticket for one or two rides. On the left, you see a metal detector which has never been turned on.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

The few ticket machines that are operational spit tickets out on the dirty floor. Furthermore, they don’t accept 500-ruble and 1,000-ruble denominations.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

In the Moscow Metro, they don’t write information in English which makes it impossible for foreigners to get farther than to one of the ticket offices. Naturally, a cashier won’t be able to explain anything to the tourist either.

Many countries introduced credit card payments long ago. Mobile phone payments are widely used too. Why don’t they consider these innovations in Moscow?
Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

“No entry”.

Entries get lost really fast. The lady you see in the photograph lets other people come in by her multi entry ticket. She did a favor to over 28 people.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

This factory produces ticket micro chips, Zelenograd.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

It is a very difficult and dangerous production.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

For some reson, they decided that it is better to throw used tickets away than to reprogram them.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

If you accidentally drop your purse while walking through the turnstile, you’ll get smashed in your face pretty hard!

You won’t be able to buy a new ticket after passing the turnstile and will be doomed to go out and stay in a line.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

This whistle irritates a lot of people using the Metro.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

People with dogs or bicycles are prohibited from entering the Metro.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

‘”No entry”.

Escalators that are out of order are one of the most pressing problems, according to passengers of the Moscow Metro. Another misunderstanding occurs when people are asked to keep left to let other people go up or down the escalator. It contradicts to the “keep right” rule Russian people have been taught since childhood. At some stations, you may go the wrong way and to go back, you will have to buy a ticket over again.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Fortunately, they hit upon installing maps inside the Metro.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

To see what’s shown on that map, you will have to press yourself against people sitting by it. Mind that not everybody likes that!

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

New metro trains are equipped with indicator boards! People who like wearing earphones must be happy because they won’t have to take them off each time the train approaches another station. However, sometimes such trains take the wrong line which makes the indicator boards useless.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

In the photo: a disabled person.

Profiteers, beggars and homeless people will add some spice to your trip.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Don’t lean against walls unless you want your coat get white.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Why do they show us time since the last train left the station? Wouldn’t it be better to show the time left until the next train arrives?

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

They like putting useless ugly constructions at metro stations.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

This brilliant device is supposed to hold puddles.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Yes, people do need all those stalls and money exchange boxes at metro stations.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Why are they fencing everything?

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Do they want people to stumble and break their noses?

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

By the way, passengers of the Moscow Metro don’t like people jumping over the fences.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

“Quick photos”.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

To find out what train you need, the one on the right or the one on the left, you have to go to the middle of the station. In fact, metro designers thought that otherwise people, trying to read what’s written there, would stop thus creating ‘jams’.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Some of the uggly constructions compensate for lack of benches.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Instead of designing new trains or something, they create new ways of pushing their wares.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

“The Moscow Metro needs workers…”

Why do they think that they can stick their junk everywhere?

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Designers of the Moscow Metro have never considered handicapped people…

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

It seems that metro drivers enjoy squeezing passengers with train doors.

Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro

Among other drawbacks are:

– It’s always stuffy

– Too crowded

– It closes too early

– Poor service

– Absence of restrooms and garbage cans

– Pickpockets

– Impolite people

– Escalators stop suddenly causing people fall

– Absence of armrests

As for the Metro’s advantages, people mention the following:

– Nice vintage doors

– You always know how much time it will take you to get to a place

– It’s warm

– It can be used as a bomb shelter

– It’s clean

– It takes you back to the Soviet Union

– Nice architecture

– It’s full of pretty girls (especially in summertime)

– It’s cheaper than in New York

Location: Moscow

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25 thoughts on “Good And Bad About The Moscow Metro”

  1. I don’t understand what is so difficult about buying tickets for foreigners. There is a table with numbers for the amount of rides and the money it costs. You don’t have to be able to read Cyrillyc and Russian to understand that.

    And if you dont want to stay in line to long, buy a ticket when it is not so busy and not when it is finished.

  2. Now why dont you ask people of New York and take pictures of their Metro! I never want to go back there! Moscows and St. Petersburgs metros are like heaven compared to the one New York has. Stinks. Dirty. Rats. Water Dripping from the ceiling. Terribly hot. Trains are tooooo shakey. Im still sure Russias metros are the best (even Paris cant be compared)

  3. well it sounds like a big mess. but if you speak russian and come to baltimore, good luck! of course many russians are smart enough to speak english and others, unlike most lazy americans.

  4. I visited Moscow recently with friends (we’re English) and while I agree with a few of these criticisms, they’re all very trivial compared to the good points of the Metro. Speaking as a tourist, we had few problems with finding our way around, after a little preparation (learning to read Cyrillic, looking up how ticketing works) and a little experience. Anyway, compared to the London Underground, the Metro is:

    – Cheaper
    – More reliable (lines often close for maintenance on the weekends in London)
    – Cleaner
    – More spacious
    – Less stuffy
    – WAY more beautiful

    Basically much better in almost every single way. The famous Moscow Metro was one of the main attractions we came to see, and it definitely lived up to our high expectations.

  5. > Why do they show us time since the last train left the station? Wouldn’t it be better to show the time left until the next train arrives?

    Actually, this time is not for passengers but helps drivers keeping interval between two trains.

    • true! i am Malaysian, lived in Petersburg for 4 years. At first i thought the same thing too. But then i figured that the clock is for the drivers. There are 2 dots (lights) besides the clock for their guidance. Also the time interval for the next train is approximately 3 minutes. those who use the metro everyday should already know it.

  6. Often I wondered about why some of the doors are locked, or why some of the escalators are blocked off. Then I realized that it is a way to control traffic on the platform. Trains run about 3 minutes apart or so, roughly the time it takes to descend the escalators to the platform. If all the street doors and cashiers were open it would overload the platform. It’s crowded enough as it is!

    The Moscow metro is worthy of a trip to Russia in and of itself. Whatever else one wishes to say about Russia and Russians there is no denying that they have the best public transit system in the world. Clean, cheap, relatively safe and it’s the fastest way to get anywhere in Moscow.

    I’ve often said that if everything in Russia worked even half as well as the trains and metro Russia would rule the world.

  7. Public transportation is one of a country Socialist/Communist controlled.

    Free countries are mobile and not forced to use this rubbish of being herded like sheep.

    • Germany has plenty of metro systems and tram systems. So by YOUR logic, Germany isn’t a free country and it’s also Socialist/Communist controlled.

    • Good luck driving a car around in Moscow. I love to do it, but many times public transport is way faster. And no problems with parking.

  8. I like the photos, but there is to much whinging. Go to Paris metro then you will have something to complaine about, constant smell of urine for example

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