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Moscow Metro Tour

84 reviews
| 90 minutes


At a glance
Category: Tours
Duration: 90 minutes
Fully narrated tour
Get inside tips from a local
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Step back in time on a history tour
Meet your expert guide outside the Kremlin and head underground with your Moscow metro ticket to discover the city’s underground treasures. See the most interesting stations with extravagant Soviet-era architecture and hear the history surrounding the metro stations from your expert guide.

Widely praised as one of Stalin’s finest architectural achievements, Moscow's subway was created to symbolize his rising regime and a recognized empire. Learn about his successors, who later toned down the ornateness of the subway’s architecture, and see how the different eras are reflected in the character of each station. If you're lucky, you may even find the secret entrance to the unconfirmed Metro-2, a parallel underground system used by the government -- a mystery which has neither been denied nor confirmed today.

Visit Revolution Square Station (Ploschad Revolyutsii) and admire the 72 magnificent bronze sculptures that depict the people of the former Soviet Union, set underneath marble arches designed by the legendary Russian architect Alexey Dushkin. Another Dushkin-created station is Novoslobodskaya, and you’ll head here next to admire its dazzling stained-glass panels.

Discover Baroque décor, vaulted ceilings and chandeliers at Komsomolskaya Station, and then marvel at the grandiose and pompous design of Kurskaya Station -- one of the first stations to be built. Its design reflects Stalin’s communist ideals and you’ll note its left-wing slogans on the walls, next to mosaics that symbolize the ‘victory’ of his regime over poverty and starvation.

Finally, pay a visit to Mayakovskaya, the station that’s named after Russian poet Vladmir Mayakovsky, and see why it’s often considered the most beautiful and iconic Moscow Metro station. Gaze upward at some 30 fascinating mosaics that depict Stalin’s vision for a bright Soviet future, and then admire the features of typical pre-World War II architecture that the station embodies. Your tour ends here.
Metro ticket
English-speaking local guide
Gratuities (optional)
Hotel pickup and drop-off


Meeting point
Moscow Kremlin


Jan 2018

Our guide, Elena, was knowledge, friendly and funny. Learned so much from her

Jan 2018

What a fun tour of the Moscow metros! I wouldn't have been able to figure it out myself, so I'm glad I did this tour. Our guide explained really interesting things about each of the metro stations we stopped at, and he gave us time to take photos as well. I would definitely recommend this tour!

James W,
Dec 2017

This tour was amazing!

Nov 2017

Fantastic tour - saw some beautiful stations and got to be familiar with the metro.

Bernard H,
Nov 2017

Excellent tour, great guide.

Ian M,
Nov 2017

Fascinating experience, great tour guide who was very interesting and knowledgeable and helpful. The Moscow Metro is amazing in a number of ways and this tour makes that clear. A great time.

Mark K,
Nov 2017

This was an amazing experience and a must-see in Moscow!

Avril M,
Nov 2017

The tour guide Anna was excellent. Her knowledge of the history of the different stations was really good and her love of the subject shone through. Her English was fluent and she had a good sense of humour. A really good tour well presented.

Pinar K,
Nov 2017

We had only one day in Moscow and visiting the metro accompanied by an English speaking guide was definitely the best idea. Our guide Anna walked us through the amazing USSR metro stations we've seen 8 of them and explained us the history of each one of them. She has been a great guide. Definitely recommended even if you have a very limited time in Moscow.

Sep 2017

A great tour with the absolute best tour guide, Elena, from Moscow Free Tours. She was friendly, spoke great English and was very knowledgeable in the history of the Moscow Metro. A great tour!!