MOSCOW METRO RULES
Moscow metro is the main public transport of the capital carrying over a half of all city passengers. Many metro stations and ticket halls represent historical, cultural and architectural monuments and are protected by the government. Metro is a risk-prone transport enterprise, therefore passengers must conform to its rules.
Entrance and payment
Metro stations are open for passengers daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. It’s a violation to carry bulky luggage, fire weapons, bicycles, items that may damage other passengers; animals and birds without special containers or cages.
Passengers must pay the fare every time they enter metro. Make sure you buy a special luggage ticket to carry big items. Children under 7 can travel gratis; luggage under 150 sm. in size, sports equipment (skis, skates, roller-skates, snowboard, children’s bicycles etc) in protective cover, musical instruments, baby carriages and hand-carts can be transported free of charge.
Never smoke, drink alcoholic beverages or be in the state of intoxication in the premises of Moscow metro. Avoid blocking passenger movement or dropping litter. Never damage metro constructions, tracks, equipment or rolling stock. It’s a violation to ride a bicycle, wear roller skates, use skateboard or similar means of sports transport to move about metro. Professional filming and photography can be done only after obtaining a special permission from metro authorities. Amateur photography (without professional or stationery equipment) is allowed.
On escalators: stand on the right side, pass on the left side holding the hand-rail; stand behind the protective strip, never lean against motionless parts. If you are with a child, hold hands. Never sit or place objects on the stairs of escalators, run along them or walk on an idle escalator without metro workers’ permission, never use escalator switch with the sign «Stop».
On platforms: stand away from the platform edge before the complete stop of a train, and after its complete stop clear the space at car doors to let passengers get out. Never descend to metro tracks or put items on them. Avoid entering metro industrial premises or taking photos of trains using flash.
In cars: do not lean against car doors, or open them when moving, avoid preventing passengers from entering or exiting a train. Do not use «passenger – metro driver» intercommunication system unless necessary and never place luggage on car seats.