• Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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View the most beautiful of Moscow’s Soviet-era metro stations on this 1.5-hour walking tour. With an expert guide, visit five of the Russian capital’s celebrated stations built during the Soviet period as you learn how the lavish, subway Moscow architecture was designed to express a bright, bold new Soviet future. Admire the extravagant décor, chandeliers and sculptures at the stations, including Mayakovskaya, with its iconic mosaics, and hear tales of the sinister Metro-2, a supposed, secret tunnel network parallel to the main system. Moscow metro tours don’t come any better.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Moscow Metro Tour

Moscow Metro Tour

Meet your guide at the Kremlin to begin your 1.5-hour tour of Moscow’s historical metro stations. Then, set off with your metro ticket to visit five of the most interesting stations, each a lesson in lavish Soviet-period architecture.

As you explore each station, admire the extravagant design and decoration, and hear how Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin created Moscow’s subway to express his power and the might of the Soviet empire.

Learn how some of his successors toned down the architectural indulgence and note the various styles favored during different eras. With luck, you may even come across the entrance to the Metro-2, a purported, secret tunnel network built during Soviet times that runs parallel to the current system, but whose existence has never been confirmed or denied.



Head inside Revolution Square Station (Ploschad Revolyutsii) and view the 72 bronze statues of Soviet workers, including farmers, soldiers and factory operatives that flank the underground arches designed by architect Alexey Pushkin. 

Move on to Novoslobodskaya Station, also designed by Dushkin, to see its stunning stained-glass panels. Then, visit Komsomolskaya Station to admire its baroque-inspired decoration, vaulted ceilings and grand chandeliers.

Next, take in the ostentatious design of Kurskaya Station — one of the first to be built. Hear how its architecture reflected Stalin’s communist ideals and see the socialist slogans inscribed on the walls next to mosaics celebrating Stalin’s ‘victory’ over poverty and starvation.



Lastly, visit Mayakovskaya Station, considered the most beautiful of all. Named after the Russian futurist poet Vladmir Mayakovsky, its Art Déco corridors are crowned by some 30 ceiling mosaics showing Stalin’s vision of a bright-skied Soviet future.

Having explored here, your tour then ends outside Mayakovskaya station when your guide departs.

Customer Reviews

ClaraRapp

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

My guide Ana was amazing!! So nice and informative. She spoke perfect Spanish and English.

Markus A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Interesting and fun walk!

Terri United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

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

hunnybunny59

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!

michelle_rentsch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

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

Bernard H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Excellent tour, great guide.

Ian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

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

Avril M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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.

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