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  • Location:Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Moscow Metro Tour

See the best examples of underground Soviet-era architecture on a 1.5-hour walking tour of Moscow’s metro stations! With an expert guide at your side, visit five of Moscow’s must-see stations, including iconic Mayakovskaya, and learn all about Stalin’s visions for the former Soviet Union. Hear about the Metro-2, a secret line said to have been used by the government and KGB, and see grandiose architecture, mosaics, sculptures and more!


  • 1.5-hour Moscow metro station tour with an expert local guide
  • Learn about Stalin’s reign and how his visions were reflected in the architecture he commissioned
  • Visit five of the most intriguing Moscow stations: Revolution Square, Novoslobodskaya, Komsomolskaya, Kurskaya and Mayakovskaya
  • Look for the hidden entrance to the Metro-2 – a secret government line that is said to link the Kremlin to KGB outposts
  • See iconic Soviet-era architecture alongside lavish mosaics, sculptures and stained glass

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What You Can Expect

Moscow Metro Tour

Moscow Metro 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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Irina was very informative and slick, covering 11 stations in 90 minutes. Beautiful stations, each with its own historical background and significance for the Russian people.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic! Elena was out guide for this and the free tour - great interaction with the group funny great stories very interesting - GREAT, do it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide irina was excellent. She was enthusiastic , informative, and was very competent in her grasp of the metro,s history.at all times she was there to answer any questions. I highly recommend her and this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was really great value and well worthwhile. We visited about 8 amazing stations and our guide was very informative and entertaining......highly recommend to all travellers to Moscow !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Way better to do this with a Russian guide than attempt by yourself

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

our guide was amazing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is a must do in Moscow. Elena our guide was terrific, she has such a lot of knowledge. The stations were stunning

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Amazing, friendly guide, Elena, very informative , had a great time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

An excellent tour led by two knowledgeable, helpful and friendly people.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great tour at a great price. It was just me and the tour guide!! She was very knowledgeable and would recommend this to anyone.

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