Public transport availability, coverage, and prices are very different from city to city. We are doing small series of posts to find out what are the most suitable variants to travel around host cities. In this post let's talk about the metro!
Metropolitan exists only in half of all host cities. Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Samara have metropolitan. Saransk, Sochi, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don do not have this type of transportation. During an underground trip stations are usually announced in English, but not all the directions/station names are written in English.
Ticket costs vary from city to city, moreover travel cards are also different. A single ticket in Moscow costs 55 rubles inside the city, 45 rubles in Saint Petersburg, 28 rubles in Nizhny Novgorod, 26 rubles in Ekaterinburg, 25 rubles in Samara, 20 rubles in Kazan.
If you are planning to stay in Moscow for a couple of days/weeks, we advise you to buy a pack of 20 / 40 tickets or 1 / 3 / 7 day(s) ticket. You also can buy a travel card called 'Troika' (for a deposit of 50 rubles) and record any ticket on it. 'Troika' is exactly the same as a paper ticket but made from plastic and could be returned back and reused.