The Moscow Metro is also known as the underground palace. It's the most used metro system in the world. It has the highest passenger density in the world. In 2011 it transported about 2400 million of passengers.
The Metro is the easiest and the most reliable way to travel around Moscow. It has a circular line that links all metro lines. This way, you can reach any destination in the city with a maximum of two line transfers. Each line has a name, a number and a color that identifies it. The circle line also connects with the main train stations.
The Metro starts to move at 6 am, the doors open from 5:40am to 1:00am and the last train passes at 1:00am. The trains run every 90 seconds during peak hours and 2-4 minutes the rest of the day.
The monorail runs from 7:00am to 11:00pm. And it cost 28 rubles for a ticket and 1230 rubles for a monthly pass.
An Express Train connects the airport to Paveletky station in Moscow. The travel time is around 40 minutes and the cost of the trip is 120 rubles.
In the Line 5 (is the one that intersects all the other lines) the loud-speakers tell travelers the direction of the train using male voices when moving clockwise and female voices when going counterclockwise. In the radial lines, male voices are used when trains are approaching the city center and female voices when they walk away from the city.
It is believed that there is an alternative underground system that would work parallel to the conventional metro system of the city. The system was supposedly built, or at least started, during the time of Stalin and was codenamed D-6 by the KGB. The Moscow Metro administration neither confirms nor denies the existence of this underground system alternative.
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