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Ratings and Reviews

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WTH does inbound/outbound even mean?

Devs, please don’t go ‘off the reservation’ by getting all fancy on us; please stick to using official Metro time-tested nomenclature (which has been used on Metro system for over 5 decades, even back when it was called RTD) by referring to lines by ‘line number’, ‘direction of travel’ and ‘city of final destination’ (eg 233 N / Lake View Terrace).

Using “inbound/outbound” nomenclature is fixing a problem which wasn’t even broken in the first place, & only adds needless confusion (think about it for a moment: if you stand at ANY bus stop in the city, the bus serving that line/stop will be inbound before it arrives, and become outbound after it departs from the stop. But the problem is that same principle applies to the bus stop ACROSS the street too, so it’s needlessly confusing).

And YES, I realize the conventional info. for the line’s final destination is available in a sun-menu, but why make users drill down into another sub-menu and exit it, when that’s a completely unnecessary step?

Just stick to standard official Metro terminology, and show the info. on the main menu (I’m old enough to remember when app devs valued ‘elegance’ over ‘needless complexity’).

Of All The Features, Only One Really Works

The app is decent for adding a virtual tap card to tour wallet and paying fare through that. Aside from that, the search bar is unresponsive, it doesn’t usually load bus times for routes, and when you can get a list of stops for a route you have to figure out what “Inbound/Outbound” means otherwise you could end up referencing the time for the wrong direction. Frankly, just use google maps if you wanna plan a trip, since it also tracks the metro buses.

Worst App on my phone

Keep cash on you because this app I’m not reliable at all. It crashes in every which way an app can crash and doesn’t work at the most inconvenient times. If you rely on this app you will end up having to sound stupid and look in question when you have to explain to the bus driver that it isn’t working, won’t add funds, you added funds and it shows the funds are on your card on the app and the bus driver sees it also but it doesn’t work on the machine while everyone else’s works just fine. Such a disservice to the LA community to allow something that could be so useful and reliable be the opposite on a constant basis. Also when you submit a help request they respond to you as if you don’t know what you are doing. Trash.

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There are tickets in the Moscow metro that you should never buy.

I work as a cashier in the metropolitan metro and noticed how difficult it is for people to figure out tickets and prices: there is incomplete information in the tariff card, and cashiers are often rude or do not understand the tariffs themselves. As a result, people buy unfavorable tickets, and some of the trips burn out.

I’ll tell you what subdivisions the Moscow metro has, how the rates for contactless payment, Troika cards and Single tickets differ, and I’ll explain how to save money on trips. The prices that I will indicate are valid for January 2023. But every year they change – see the current ones on the website of the Moscow Metro.

What is the MCC, MCD and monorail

The classic metro is mostly underground. In 2023, these are 250 stations, but 7 of them are closed for reconstruction:

  1. Warsaw.
  2. Kantemirovskaya.
  3. Kashirskaya, Zamoskvoretskaya and Bolshaya Koltsevaya Lines.
  4. Kolomenskaya.
  5. Technopark.
  6. Tsaritsyno.

The stations make up 14 lines. But besides the classic metro, Moscow also has the MCC, MCD and the monorail. Almost all stations of these lines can be transferred from the classic metro for free. But passengers often confuse them, so I’ll tell you about each in more detail.

On the diagram, the lines of the classic metro look solid, without voids. Source: Moscow Transport

MCC, or Moscow Central Ring, is a line of city electric trains, it goes along the ground and above the ground. This is a joint project of Russian Railways and the metro: you can go to some MCC stations directly from the underground ones. At the same time, you will not have to pay for entrance to the MCC. The main thing is that no more than 90 minutes have passed from the moment you started your route.

Train schedule MCC – “Tutu-ru”

Trains on the MCC run less frequently than in the metro – every 8 minutes.

Crossings to the MCC are marked with dotted lines. But according to the diagram it is not clear how long they are. Source: Moscow Transport The MCC is marked on the diagram as a thin, hollow, pale pink line. Its serial number is 14. Source: Moskovsky Transport For example, from Polezhaevskaya to Khoroshevo it is 650 meters, or 8 minutes on foot along the street. But if less than 90 minutes, you won’t have to pay for the transition. Source:

MCD, or Moscow Central Diameters, connect the cities of the Moscow Region and pass through Moscow. In fact, these are ground lines of suburban electric trains – they also apply to both the metro and Russian Railways. In 2023, two diameters operate: from Lobnya near Moscow to Odintsovo and from Nakhabino to Podolsk and back. In August-September 2023, they promise to launch the third diameter, which will connect Zelenograd and the Hippodrome station, which is located outside the city of Ramenskoye. A total of five diameters are planned.

The MCD has three zones: central, suburban and distant. But the far one is not yet formally related to the subway. At the stations of the central zone, you can transfer from the metro for free – just like at the MCC. But if you enter a suburban area, the fare will be more expensive.

Trains run on the MCD not as often as in the metro, but according to their own schedule.

Train timetable for Tutu-ru:
MCD 1 Odintsovo – Lobnya,
MCD 2 Nakhabino – Podolsk

And the symbols are D1 and D2. Source: Stroymos-ru The MCD has three zones: central, suburban and distant. Depending on where you are going, the ticket price will be different. Source: Moscow Metro

The monorail belongs to the subway – it is also called the light metro. This is an elevated line in the north of Moscow, which runs from the Timiryazevskaya station through Ostankino and VDNKh to Milashenkova Street. Its length is only 4.7 km, and it has six stations. You can drive through them in 15-20 minutes. Monorail trains run every half hour.

Monorail train schedule

Most of the tickets you buy on the subway are valid for all of these systems. Tariffs are of three types – for contactless payment, for the Troika card, and for the Single ticket. Let me tell you what they are and how they differ.

On the diagram, the monorail is marked as line number 13, blue, with gray edges. Source: Moscow Transport Tracks for the monorail are installed above the ground. And there are only six wagons in each train. Source: PhotoRoman / Shutterstock

Contactless fares

On the subway, you don’t have to queue at the ticket office and buy tickets. You can pay for the fare using a phone that has Samsung Pay or Mir Pay installed. Or with a contactless bank card – it has an antenna icon. But only Visa, MasterCard, Union Pay and Mir cards are suitable.

More about contactless payment

Each metro station has several turnstiles with special stickers. In the classic metro they are black, with antennas, at MCD stations they are red. You need to attach a phone or a card to them – and the turnstile will open. And in a few minutes, money will be debited from the account. An exception is if you have a Visa or MasterCard card. Money will be debited from Visa the next day – immediately the entire amount that you spent over the previous day. And 1 P will be debited from Mastercard first, and after a few days – the rest, also for a day. So do not think that the fare is only 1 R.

Stickers on turnstiles for contactless bank cards. Source: Moscow Metro

Another contactless payment method is Face Pay, that is, with the help of a person. To use it, you need to register in the Moscow Metro mobile application, link a photo of your face and a bank card to your personal account, from which money for the journey will be debited. When you get down to the subway, it will be enough to stand on a black sticker in front of the turnstile and look at the camera. The turnstile will open and the payment will be debited from the card.

Learn more about Face Pay in the Moscow metro

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With contactless payment, one trip will cost 56 R. This applies to the metro, monorail, MCC, the central zone of the MCD and surface transport. If you need to turn on the suburban area of ​​the MCD, the trip will cost 71 RUR.

To connect Face Pay, you need to click on the “Submit biometrics” button on the main screen of the Moscow Metro application. And then follow the instructions on the sticker you need to stand on to pay your fare using Face Pay. Source: Moscow Transport

Contactless payment is beneficial if you rarely use public transport. Or when the payment system has a profitable promotion.

For example, until March 31, 2023, the “Early Time” promotion is valid. If you enter the subway on a weekday from opening until 07:15 and from 08:45 to 09:15, there will be a discount. With the Troika card, which I will talk about later, the discount will be 25 R, with a contactless bank card – 28 R, with Face Pay – 23 R. However, this only applies to stations on two branches: Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya and Nekrasovskaya.

More about the “Early Time” promotion

To find out about such promotions, you need to look at the websites of payment systems or the subway itself. Or pay attention to advertisements in the subway.

What is “Troika”

“Troika” is a plastic card on which you can record trips as many times as you like. I think “Troika” is necessary for everyone who comes to Moscow even for a few days.

Where to get Troika‎. The card can be obtained at any cash desk, its validity period is five years from the date of last use. The deposit for it is 80 R. This means that if the Troika is no longer needed, you can return it and return the deposit. But the money from the account will not be returned to you and you cannot withdraw it – you can only spend it.

There are personalized Troikas with a photo of the owner. They can be ordered in the Mosmetroshop online store for 200 R. There are also key rings, bracelets, stickers and inserts with Troika functions. They can also be ordered at Mosmetroshop and picked up at any box office.

Mosmetroshop online store

But a non-standard Troika cannot be returned like a regular one: its cost is not a deposit, but just a price.

The classic “Troika” looks like this. And you can choose the design of the name card yourself. Source: “Moscow Metro” This bracelet can be applied to the turnstile instead of a card. Source: Moscow Metro

Top up Troika at ticket offices or metro terminals, online or via SMS.

You can top up online on the Moscow Transport website, through your personal account on or mobile applications: Moscow Metro, Troika. Replenishment and verification” and “My smart city”.

More details on how to top up Troika

SMS should be sent to 3210, and the text should be like this: “troika ”‎. Don’t forget about spaces. The money will be debited from the mobile phone account. Allowed amount – 10-10 000 R.

Download applications:
Troika. Replenishment and verification”,
“My smart city”

If you recharge the card online or by SMS, the payment must be activated in the machine or through the yellow terminal at the station.

In these terminals you can top up Troika or activate a payment

How to return the card. To hand over the “Troika”, you need it to be working and without damage: deep scratches, breaks, bends, inscriptions and stickers. And if it is linked to your personal account on, you must first untie it.

But I don’t recommend getting rid of Troika, even if you’ve moved from Moscow or bought a car. Money is stored on it for five years and only then “burns out”. During this time, you may suddenly need the Moscow subway. And if there is money on the card, you no longer have to stand at the cashier or pay with a contactless card, which, although not much, is more expensive.

If Troika is not working, contact the cashier. It happens that for some reason it is canceled, that is, it is on the stop list, and the cashier will see this. But to find out the reason, you will have to contact the service center.

Addresses of metro service centers

Sometimes the terminal simply does not see the card, for example, if it suddenly becomes demagnetized. Usually in this situation, the cashier will offer to give it for examination. To do this, you need to fill out an application, and after 10 working days come for a card to the same station. For this time, I advise you to get a new Troika, and then return it. Or pay contactless.

If you have lost Troika, you will not be able to return the money, even if you have its number and a receipt stating that you replenished it. An exception is if you registered it in your personal account. Then you can simply buy a new card and transfer money or a subscription to it. In this case, the old card will be blocked. In general, Always register Troika in your account on

Troika tickets and fares

You can put money on the Troika Wallet or register a subscription to it.

“Wallet” is when you replenish “Troika” for up to 10,000 R and ride on it until the money runs out. You can only make one-time trips using the “Wallet” – you cannot write down a subscription for it.

There are four tariffs:

  1. One trip by ground transport, metro, monorail, MCC or MCD central zone — 50 R.
  2. The same trip, if during it you moved to the suburban area of ​​the MCD – 65 R. But not from ground transport.
  3. If the trip is not only to the suburban zone, but also to the “Far”, then the cost will be 65 R + 30 R for each zone.
  4. “90 minutes” fare — 75 R. This includes one trip by metro, monorail, MCC and MCD in the central zone and an unlimited number of transfers on ground transport. The main condition is that the entire route should take less than an hour and a half, and it is impossible to use ground transport between the metro, MCC, MCD at this rate.

Money is automatically debited from the Wallet. The fact is that the history of your trips is recorded on the map: at which station and what time you entered, where and when you left. Depending on this, the amount is calculated.

Let’s say you traveled by one mode of transport and did not change anywhere. Then 50 rubles will be debited from the card.

Now let’s assume that you entered the classic metro or a station that belongs to the central zone of the MCD. When you put the “Troika” to the turnstile, 50 R will be debited from it – at the minimum rate. But if you go further to the suburban area of ​​the MCD, then another 15 R will be debited from the card when you leave the station. That is, the second tariff is activated.

Finally, let’s imagine that you first took the subway and then took the bus. And less than 90 minutes have passed since you started the route. When you went down to the subway, 50 R was debited from the card, and when you got on the bus – another 25 R. The whole trip cost you 75 R, that is, the “90 minutes” tariff worked.


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In general, “Wallet” is convenient if you do not travel by transport every day or switch from one type of transport to another.

Subscriptions can be used for 60 trips – they are valid for 45 days. Or unlimited: for 30, 90 or 365 days. Moreover, if there is money on the “Wallet”, and you want to record a subscription, then it will work, and the money from the “Wallet” will not be spent.

Troika subscriptions are beneficial for those who use public transport every day. All of them apply to surface transport, the metro, the monorail, the MCC and the central zone of the MCD. And in unlimited tariffs, you can also include the suburban area of ​​the MCD.

How much Troika subscriptions cost in 2022

Tariff Without suburban area WDC Commuter WDC
60 trips 2730 P Doesn’t happen
Unlimited for 30 days 2540 R 3010 R
Unlimited for 90 days 6150 R 7800 R
Unlimited for 365 days 19 500 R 24 450 Р

60 trips

No MCD suburban area

2730 R

With MCD suburban area

No 9003 No limit 3 0 days

Without suburban area MCD

2540 R

With suburban area MCD zone

3010 R

Unlimited for 90 days

Without suburban zone MCD

6150 R

With suburban zone MCD

7800 R

Unlimited for 365 days

Without suburban area MCD

19 500 R

With suburban area MCD


Be careful with the fare for 60 trips. Suppose you already have an unlimited limit for 30 days on your card, and it has not expired yet. If you top up your card for 60 trips, these trips will not be debited until the first 30 days are over. But the countdown of 45 days has already begun. That is, when 30 days expire, you will have to spend 60 trips in less than 45 days.

With unlimited tariffs, there is no such set-up by terms: the unlimited period begins to operate when the previous one ends. Even if you paid for it in advance.

Dates and trips from all subscriptions cannot be rescheduled or extended to another date. For example, if you bought a subscription for 30 days, but you were not in the city for two weeks, no one will return the money. And if you bought a subscription for 60 trips and did not spend all of them, they will burn out.

With a 60-journey pass, you can enter the transport one after another. But it won’t work like that with unlimited: there should be an interval of 4 minutes between trips.

How else to save money with Troika. The “Early Time” promotion, which I have already mentioned, also applies to Troika owners. If they enter the metro on a weekday from the opening of the metro until 07:15 or from 08:45 to 09:15, the trip will cost them 25 R instead of 50 R. But the route must start at the station of the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya or Nekrasovskaya line.

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And for those who use a subscription for 60 trips or unlimited Troika fares, compensation will be credited to the Wallet once a week – 25 R for each day.

Troika also has a City loyalty program. I advise you to install the “City” application and register your card there. Every time you top it up in the amount of 250 R, 3% will be returned as bonuses to the application. They can replenish the “Wallet”.

In the City app, cashback is credited not only for topping up Troika, but also for purchases from program partners

Why you should not buy Single tickets

A Single ticket is a red cardboard card. It can be used by the classic metro, MCC and monorail. And also by tram, bus and trolleybus. But “United” does not work on WDC.

One or two trips can be recorded on a “Single” ticket, and you can also pay a daily, baggage or calendar fare. But this is almost always unprofitable.

One and two ride fare is valid for 5 days including the day of purchase. If the ticket is for two trips, they can be spent immediately after each other. That is, two people can pass on one ticket.

This tariff is the most disadvantageous, although it is bought by most tourists. In 2022, one trip on it costs 62 R, and two – 124 R. Let me remind you that using Wallet, a one-time trip will cost 50 R, and for contactless payment – 56 R.

62 Р

costs one trip on the “Single” ticket

A “single” ticket for one or two trips can be bought not only at the box office, but also at self-service terminal When you have used all the trips, you will have to throw away the “Single”: you cannot record new trips on it. So this is not only unfavorable, but also non-environmental ticket

A “Single” ticket for one or two trips can be bought not only at the box office, but also at a self-service terminal When you have used all the trips, the “Single” ticket will have to be thrown away: new trips cannot be recorded on it. So this is not only unfavorable, but also non-environmental ticket

Daily rate is for one day and three. During this time, you can travel on a ticket as many times as you like, but the interval between trips must be at least 20 minutes. That is, two people will not walk on it in the subway one after another.

Nothing is said about the daily rate even on the metro website. But I know that now a ticket for a day costs 285 R, and for three – 540 R. This ticket is beneficial if you come for a couple of days, make at least six trips a day and do not change from one mode of transport to another. Then they will be cheaper than 48 R – this is a little more profitable than contactless payment or Wallet. There, for one trip, you will have to pay 56 R or 50 R, respectively.

Baggage rate. According to the rules for oversized baggage, you need to buy a separate ticket – at the baggage rate. Oversized baggage is one whose sum of length, width and height is 121-150 cm. It also includes items 151-220 cm long, such as skis or skirting boards.

clause 2.2 of the Rules for using the metro

Baggage fare is available only in the classic metro. It does not apply to the MCD, monorail and land transport. A ticket for it costs 60 R, and this price has not changed for several years. But over the years of work, I have never sold a single such ticket.

The benefit of such a ticket is that when you enter the metro with bags, the turnstile doors will be open a little longer than with a regular ticket. But it makes no sense to overpay for this: if you are afraid of getting stuck, contact the security service – these are employees who check luggage before entering the subway. They will give you free advice on how best to proceed.

This is a ticket for oversized baggage. I have never seen anyone buy it.

Discounted tickets and fares

In the Moscow Metro, only benefits from Moscow and the Moscow Region apply. If you are a student or a pensioner from another region, you will not be able to use them.

Children under 7 years old ride in Moscow transport for free. You can take the child in your arms or by the hand and go with him through the baggage turnstile: it is wider than usual.

Schoolchild, student or graduate student card must be issued where you study, and at the metro ticket office you can only top up.

Unlimited for one calendar month with such a card costs 470 RUR, for three — 1340 RUR. At this rate, you can travel on the metro, monorail, MCC and the central zone of the MCD. And if you only need ground transport, you can write a subscription to the card for a month for 300 R or for three months – for 870 R.

A travel pass for a specific month is only valid until the end of that month. Let’s say on May 15 you wrote down a travel card for May on your card. It will be valid until May 31, and not until June 15. Source: Moscow Metro

Social card is assigned to residents of Moscow and the region who are entitled to benefits. These are pensioners, children and parents from large families, people with disabilities, honorary donors and many others. With such cards, travel in public transport is completely free.

More about benefits in the Moscow metro

If you are eligible for a benefit, you can apply for a card at the Social Security or MFC. It is useless to hold concerts and wave IDs at the metro ticket office: the cashier will still not be able to issue you a social card.

How to apply for a social card for a Muscovite and a resident of the Moscow Region

Remember the Moscow metro tariffs

  1. Metro tariffs apply not only to the subway, but also to all public transport.
  2. If you rarely use it and do not change from one type to another, pay contactless. One trip will cost 56 R. And if you are going to the suburban area of ​​the MCD, then 71 R.
  3. Another option is to get a Troika card‎ and put money on the Wallet‎. The trip will cost 50 R, and to the suburban area of ​​the MCD – 65 R. And if you use two modes of transport within 90 minutes, you will pay 75 R. The exception is the suburban area of ​​the MCD.
  4. If you travel by public transport every day, sign up for a subscription to Troika. They come in 60 trips over 45 days and unlimited trips for 30.90 and 365 days.
  5. Do not buy red “United” tickets – only one day ticket is profitable. And then, only if you make more than 6 trips per day and do not change to different types of transport.
  6. The Moscow metro provides benefits only for Muscovites and residents of the Moscow region.

Fare in Moscow: prices in 2023

What are the rates for public transport in Moscow and how to save on travel — read our material.

Tariff zone

Moscow unified tariff zone from September 1, 2021

From September 1, 2021, a single tariff zone operates in the Moscow transport system. It includes 8 districts of Moscow within the Moscow Ring Road and Novomoskovsky, Zelenogradsky and Troitsky administrative districts. In different types of transport of the tariff zone, you can travel on a single ticket. The Moscow Region has adopted its own tariffs.

Public transport in Moscow includes buses, electric buses, trams, metro, monorail, MCC, MCD.

The Moscow Central Ring (MCC) is a circular route of the Moscow metro, only on the ground. Modern comfortable Lastochkas go along the route. They have places for transporting bicycles. When transferring from the subway to the MCC and vice versa, the repeated fee is not charged if the transfer is made within 90 minutes.

The Moscow Central Diameters (MCD) combine the metro and commuter trains. On the metro map, the diameters are marked with lines D1 and D2. The MCD has zones: “Central”, “Suburb” and “Far”. Transfer from metro to diameters within the central and suburban areas and vice versa is free. A ride in the central zone of the MCD costs the same as in the metro. In “Prigorod” and “Far” there are tariffs of a suburban passenger company. The travel card must be brought to the validator both at the entrance and at the exit in order to be charged a fee taking into account the tariff zone. We have a separate article about paying for travel to the MCD.

Troika card

Troika card

The Troika plastic card is sold at metro ticket offices, suburban railway ticket offices, and Mosgortrans ticket kiosks. You have to pay 80 ₽ for it. If you do not use the card, you can return it and return the deposit. The card is valid for 5 years from the date of the last recharge. Top-up methods

Troika pays for travel in any form of transport in Moscow: metro, buses, electric buses, trams, monorail and MCD. The card is applied to the validator or turnstile at the entrance.

One-time tickets and subscriptions, including for electric trains, can be registered with Troika. You can also replenish the balance of the card and write off the cost of trips at the “Wallet” tariff. If Troika has both tickets and money in the Wallet, then the ticket is deducted first, and then the Wallet tariff is applied.

In 2021, a virtual Troika was launched in the capital. It is sold in the Moscow Metro app and so far only works on Android smartphones with NFC. With its help, you can go through the turnstiles that accept bank cards. So far, not all tariffs are available on the virtual Troika, but only TAT for 30, 90 and 365 days and “Single” for 30, 90, 365 days.

Advantages of a virtual card:

  • when buying, you do not need to pay 80 ₽ for plastic;
  • it cannot be lost because it is always in the application.

“Troika” in the form of a key fob, a silicone bracelet and a ceramic ring can be purchased at souvenir shops and information desks of the Moscow Metro. It works like a regular card. More details

The fare on Troika depends on the fare, the buyer chooses it himself.

This is the Troika tariff, in which it is used in almost the same way as a bank card. To connect the “Wallet”, put money into the account in any way. After remote replenishment of the account, you need to activate the card on the yellow validator in the metro, tram or bus.

Wallet tariffs are suitable for those who travel irregularly and do not want to overpay for a subscription, for example, business travelers and tourists.

Wallet can be used in all modes of transport in Moscow, including the MCD. If you make a transfer from the metro to the MCD and vice versa, then the cost of the trip is automatically calculated according to the tariff “90 minutes” (you need to have time to transfer to this time period). In the “Far” zone, the fare, as in electric trains, depends on the distance. More about MCD zones

Troika can also pay for trips in the Tula and Moscow regions. Fare in the Moscow region

“Single” tariff

  • for a certain period.
  • The travel card can be bought in the form of a red cardboard card (you do not need to pay separately for it) or electronically recorded on Troika.

    Paper “One” is sold only in the subway – at the box office and ticket machines. You can buy a subscription electronically and sign up for Troika in the Troika and My Travel Card applications.

    “Single” for the number of trips

    With this “Single” you can make a limited number of trips: 1, 2 and 60.

    Type of ticket

    Modes of transport


    1 trip

    Metro or bus or tram

    62 ₽

    2 trips

    Metro or bus or tram

    124 ₽

    60 trips

    Metro + MCD in the central area or bus or tram

    2 730 ₽

    Tickets for 1-2 trips are convenient for one-time trips on public transport, for example, for those who are passing through Moscow and do not want to buy Troika. Tickets are valid for 5 days, including the day of purchase.

    A ticket for 60 trips is recorded only on Troika. Trips must be spent within 45 days, otherwise they will expire.

    It is possible to drive on the “Unified” for 60 trips on the MCD only in the central zone, it will not work in the suburban zone.

    “Single” for a certain period (unlimited)

    Such a ticket is valid for a specific period, and during this time you can ride as many times as you like.

    The TAT ticket is used only on buses and trams. Previously, it was possible to travel on it in trolleybuses (hence the name TAT: trolleybus, bus, tram), but in 2020 trolleybuses in Moscow stopped running.

    Tickets for 1 and 3 days are suitable for those who come to Moscow for a short time and plan to travel a lot during the day, for example, tourists or business travelers.

    Buying a single ticket for 90 and 365 days is much more profitable than buying every month for 30 days.

    Unlimited tickets have a restriction – a second pass is possible after a while:

    • for a ticket for 1-3 days – after 20 minutes;
    • for a ticket for 30, 90 and 365 days – in 7 minutes.

    This is done so that two passengers cannot pass on one ticket. According to metro rules, each passenger must have their own ticket.

    Type of ticket

    Modes of transport

    Zone “Central”

    Suburb Zone

    1 day

    Metro + MCD and bus, tram

    285 ₽

    3 days

    Metro + MCD and bus, tram

    540 ₽

    30 days

    Metro + MCD and bus, tram

    2 540 ₽

    3 010 ₽

    90 days

    Metro + MCD and bus, tram

    6 150 ₽

    7 800 ₽

    365 days

    Metro + MCD and bus, tram

    19 500 ₽

    24 450 ₽

    30 days “TAT”

    Bus and tram

    1 560 ₽

    90 days “TAT”

    Bus and tram

    4 140 ₽

    365 days “TAT”

    Bus and tram

    14 000 ₽

    Transfers in Moscow transport

    Free transfers in ground transport

    From September 1, 2021, transfers in buses, trams and electric buses in Moscow can be made free of charge. But there are a number of conditions:

    – Free transfer is valid only when paying for travel with a Troika card at Wallet or Single for 60 trips tariffs. When traveling on the “Wallet” tariff, 50 ₽ is debited for the first trip, 0 ₽ for subsequent trips. When traveling on the Unified, only one trip is debited, no matter how many modes of transport you change.

    – The passenger must make transfers within 90 minutes and change the route at the same time. For example, first he rides bus number 40, then changes to tram number 67 or electric bus number 25, and then to bus number 43. If during these 90 minutes to take the transport again along the same route (No. 40), then the second trip will be paid.

    – In each subsequent transport, Troika must be attached to the validator, otherwise the journey will be considered stowaway.

    – To activate free transfers, a passenger must register his Troika in his personal account on the website or in the Moscow Metro application. Transfers will be connected not immediately, but after 12 hours.

    Transfers between metro, monorail, MCC, MCD and surface transport

    When transferring from the metro, monorail, MCC or MCD to ground transport (buses, trams, electric buses) on the Troika card, the tariff “90 minutes” applies. At this rate, the fare with all transfers within 90 minutes is 75 ₽: 50 ₽ is deducted in the metro, monorail, MCC or MCD, 25 ₽ – on the first trip in ground transport.

    For the tariff to be valid, the following conditions must be met:

    – all trips and transfers must be completed within 90 minutes;

    – in each mode of transport, apply the “Troika” to the validator or turnstile;

    – only one trip on the metro, monorail, MCC or MCD is allowed for these 90 minutes, the fee for the second trip is charged as usual.

    Contactless payment

    NFC is a contactless payment technology that modern smartphones and bank cards are equipped with. To pay for travel using a smartphone, you must first install the MIR Pay, Yandex Pay, Sber Pay payment applications on it and link a bank card to it. Since the end of February 2022, Google Pay and Apple Pay payment applications do not support Visa and MasterCard cards issued in Russia, and it will not be possible to pay for travel with smartphones using these applications.

    Validator for contactless payment on the bus

    Contactless payment is valid in most modes of transport in Moscow: metro, buses, trams, MCD. To pay for the fare, hold your phone or bank card to the validator or turnstile and wait for a confirmation signal on the screen. In the metro, contactless payment is usually accepted at the extreme turnstiles, they have special stickers.

    Contactless payment at MCD is valid only in Central and Suburb zones.

    Fare for contactless payment from January 2, 2023:

    Type of ticket

    Modes of transport

    Zone “Central”

    Suburban Zone

    1 trip

    Metro, bus, tram

    56 ₽

    1 trip


    56 ₽

    71 ₽

    90 min

    Metro + MCD

    56 ₽

    71 ₽

    Face Pay

    This is another type of contactless fare payment in the Moscow metro. To pass through the turnstiles, it is enough for a passenger to show his face. To use Face Pay, you need to install the Moscow Metro app on your smartphone in advance, link Troika and a bank card to it, and upload your photo. How to connect Face Pay

    In the subway, find a turnstile with a floor black sticker “Payment by biometrics”, stand on it, take off your mask and look into the camera. When the system recognizes you, the turnstile will open. The fare will be automatically debited from the linked bank card.

    Fare for Face Pay in the metro and MCD in the central zone — 46 ₽, in the suburban zone of the MCD — 60 ₽. In the far zone of the MCD, this payment method does not work. For a free transfer from the metro to the MCC and MCD, you need to attach a bank card linked to the Moscow Metro application to the turnstile. You can only start your trip from the metro – at the entrance to the MCC and MCD, Face Pay does not work yet.

    Cash payment

    Cash is no longer accepted in most modes of transport in Moscow. Moreover, drivers basically no longer sell tickets. Therefore, if you didn’t buy a ticket in advance, pay for the fare with a bank card or by phone.

    Discount travel cards

    Student card

    Social card of the student. Photo source

    Schoolchildren, full-time students of colleges and universities, graduate students, residents, assistant trainees who study in Moscow or are registered in the capital can apply for a social card and write down a travel card with preferential rates on it. Details

    Student travel pass

    Validity of travel card

    Modes of transport


    1 calendar month

    Metro + MCD in the central zone

    470 ₽

    1 calendar month

    Bus, tram

    300 ₽

    1 calendar month

    “Single” in the central zone

    715 ₽

    3 calendar months

    Metro + MCD in the central zone

    1 340 ₽

    3 calendar months

    Bus, tram

    870 ₽

    3 calendar months

    “Single” in the central zone

    2 055 ₽

    At the MCD in the suburban and outlying areas, students receive a 50% discount on the full fare. A ticket with a discount is issued at the box office before the trip.

    Social card of a Muscovite and a resident of the Moscow region

    Other categories of beneficiaries registered in Moscow have the right to travel free of charge. Who can get a social card of a Muscovite. A discounted travel pass is issued at the box office. To travel in the suburban area of ​​the MCD, a reduced ticket must be issued at the box office before each trip, if the FastTrack option is not connected to the social card.

    Also, beneficiaries with registration in the Moscow region can travel in Moscow for free – on the social card of a resident of the Moscow region.


    Penalty for traveling as a hare in Moscow — 1,000 ₽, for using someone else’s social or preferential card — 2,500 ₽.

    Holders of social cards and unlimited travel cards must present the card to the reader every time they travel, otherwise the trip will be considered without a ticket. Beneficiaries need to have an identity card with them in case the controller wants to make sure that the card belongs to the passenger.