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Friday, 18 March 2011 15:49

Metro

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The most popular and convenient method of travel is metro. Tickets are very cheap and are purchased at the metro stations, at the window labeled with the word "KACCA".  You can buy tickets for various numbers of journeys - from 1 to 60 journeys.  Once you have purchased your ticket you go through the turnstiles and then down to the platform.  The metro trains arrive around every 2 minutes during peak times and the time gap between trains extends to about 10-15 minutes later at night.  While being a convenient method of travel, the metro does get very crowded, especially at rush hour, and you'll often find yourself packed in like sardines!  That said, the metro is very efficient and many of the stations are works of art in themselves.  Not all metro stations are identified along the tracks NY/London style, so check the map on the station and count the number of stations to your destination before boarding.  This trick never fails. For those who don't speak or read Russian, the Metro can be very intimidating at first, but like many things, once you get past the initial intimidation, it proves to be quite simple.  The first step in mastering the Metro system is to familiarize yourself with the basic layout of the stations, and where they are located.  The following links (Moscow Metro Map - Russian & English andSt. Petersburg Metro Map) have a printable version of a Metro map, with the station names in both English and Russian.  A good idea would be to print this page out (be sure to print it in color) and keep it with you while using the Metro.

For people with disabilities, the stairs can be a formidable barrier to moving within the Metro system.  With some exceptions, there are generally no escalators (but plenty of stairs) available to move between platforms on different levels and there are generally at least one or two flights of stairs just to get from the street level to the Metro entrance.  There are no lifts anywhere in the system, and many stations still do not have wheelchair/stroller ramps on the stairways.

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