Metros in Russia: The Samara Metro

The City

Samara is a vigorous city located to the Southeast of the Russian Federation, with a population of over 3 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. It is ranked 6th in the country in number of factories, being an important location in the manufacturing sector.

Between 1935 and 1991, or in other words, while the Soviet Union lasted, the city was known as Kuibyshev, as a way to honor a prominent Soviet politician. During that time, the city experienced firsthand the Space Race between the USSR and the United States, since it became the place where factories manufactured the components for rockets and satellites.

It was precisely this aspect that would influence the future development of Samara, which would host hundreds of engineers, scientists, and scholars interested in the topic of space. Therefore, the population of this area increased significantly with the turn of the second half of the 20th century.

Just as expected when population increases, the city’s administration had to restructure the roads of the region, specially, the public transportation roads.

The Metro

For this reason, in 1980, the central Soviet Union government approved the construction of a metro service that would satisfy the transportation demand of the citizens of this metropolis. Later, research with the purpose of determining the viability of the project was carried on, greenlighting the construction of the metro. In 1982, the construction began. The works lasted five years, culminating in the inauguration of the Samara Metro in 1987.

Currently, the subway system has one line and 10 stations, with roads covering a total distance of 12 kilometers. The stops are impressive due to their beautiful internal architecture. This feature is common in the metro services of the extinct Soviet Union. Although it is a small metro, it still has a relatively high ridership, transporting around 44,000 people daily.

Lines and stations

The Samara Metro has a single route of 12 kilometers of total length. There are 10 stations operational, which are located between Yungorodok station, at the city’s industrial area, and Alabinskaya, located in the Oktyabrsky district.

There are currently projects for a second line, and there are even discussions about building a third line. Both of these lines will serve as a complement for the first line.

Gagarinskaya (Samara Metro 2)

The stations for the Samara Metro are the following:

Yungorodok Station (Юнгородок): This was the first station of the subway system, opening on December 26th, 1987. It is a surface-level stop, located at the Industrial District (Промышленный район). Its name comes from the neighborhood where it is located, which is also called Yungorodok.

Kirovskaya Station (Кировская): Just like the previous station, it was inaugurated on December 26th, 1987. It is located on the Soviet District (Советский район). The station’s name is a commemoration of a distinguished Russian politician called Sergei Kirov.

Bezymyanka Station (Безымянка): The station was inaugurated on December 26th, 1987, at the Soviet District (Советский район), just like the previous station. The platform for this stop is remarkable due to its simple, modern, and minimalistic architecture. This design takes the idea of a platform for a public transportation system to a whole new level.

Pobeda Station (Победа): The inauguration of this station was done on December 26th, 1987, making it, just like the previous stations, one of the first stations of the Samara Metro. It is located on the Soviet District (Советский район). This station distinguishes itself from the rest thanks to its architecture and design, fitting the definition of elegant to a T.

Sovetskaya Station (Советская): This station dates back to December 31st, 1992, and it is located on the Soviet District (Советский район). The station was given the same name of the district on which it is located. Its walls are decorated with marble, which contrast with the beautiful gray granite floor.

Sportivnaya Station (Спортивная): The inauguration of this station took place on March 25th, 1993, and it is located on the Soviet District (Советский район). The design consists of marble walls, with shades that go from light gray to pale white. The walls' colors contrast with the floor’s colors, which was designed in red granite. In front of the platform, there are mosaics with a sports theme.

Gagarinskaya Station (Гагаринская): It was opened to the public on December 26th, 1993, on the Railway District (Железнодорожный район). The name of the station comes from the name of the street where it is located. In fact, during its construction, the station used to be called “Prospect Gagarin.” With respect of the design, the platform’s walls are inspired by rockets used in space missions, to remember the city’s importance during the Space Race.

Moskovskaya Station (Московская): This is one of the stations inaugurated on the new millennium, since it was opened on December 27th, 2002. It is also located on the Railway District (Железнодорожный район). As it can be clearly seen, the name is a tribute to the country’s capital. And, as a fun fact, during its construction, the station was known as “Project Karl Marx.”

Rossiyskaya Station (Российская): It is a quite recent station, since it dates back to December 26th, 2007, and it is located on the Oktyabrsky District (Октябрьский район). Unlike the rest of the stations, it has two platforms, with trains going at different directions at each platform. The name represents the predominant nationalistic sentiment of the Russian community.

Alabinskaya Station (Алабинская): It is the most recently built station since it was opened to the public on February 1st, 2015. It is located on the Oktyabrsky District (Октябрьский район). The platform’s walls are decorated with a beautiful white marble, which goes in harmony with the roof, which is also completely white. The roof’s white color allows it to reflect the color of the lights that illuminate the station.

Alabinskaya station Alabinskaya station

Schedule and frequency

With the purpose of satisfying the transportation demand of the Samara citizens, the subway system offers its services for a generous period of time. Its business hours are from 6:00 am and midnight. Service is generally available all week long. However, it is possible that the stations close for a period of 24 hours during occasions when maintenance works are necessary.

There are trains available during a frequency between 10 and 12 minutes all day long. Unlike many other similar railway services, the Samara Metro does not offer additional trains during peak hours. The rail cars drive at an average speed of 34 kilometers per hour. Therefore, a journey between the Yungorodok terminal station and Alabinskaya station lasts only 21 minutes.

Samara Metro Metro Samara

Prices, tickets, and cards

The price for a trip on the Samara Metro is currently 25 rubles (0.43 American dollars.) Plastic tokens can be purchased to be used as a form of payment for the metro, which are valid for a one-way trip or a round-trip. These tokens are available at the ticket boots within the stations.

However, since the year 2009, electronic cards became available for the metro service, which allow way more trips than the tokens. Just like tokens, which work just like regular tickets, cards can be purchased in the ticket booths that are found in the metro stations. Also, these cards offer subscriptions to university students and high school students, which could be quite attractive to them because it allows them to save money. A summary of the prices and cards for the Samara Metro will be shown below:

  • Token: This is the standard way of payment on the metro’s system. It allows the user to use the service for one or two trips, or in other words, for a one-way trip or a round trip. The token’s fare will be the same as the fare for the trip on the metro, which is 25 rubles.
  • Single Ride Card: Thanks to this card, the passenger will have a little discount on the trips they make, since the ride costs 23 rubles (0.40 USD) instead of the usual 25 rubles. Something to bear in mind is that the card itself has an additional price. However, it is still a way to save money in the long run. The card costs 100 rubles (1.74 USD,) which need to be paid to the metro’s personnel in the ticket booths. If you want to use the Single Ride Card, you will need to always have a minimum amount of 10 rubles loaded in the card. The maximum amount allowed on the card is not yet established.
  • University Students Card: Just like the previous card, it offers a way of saving money compared to buying tokens. It offers you to save even more money than by using the Single Ride Card. This card offers a ride for 13 rubles (0.23 USD) instead of the usual 25 rubles per ride. The card has a price of 75 rubles (1.30 USD), which need to be paid on the ticket booths alongside a certification of enrollment from a university. The card will always need to have a minimum amount of 10 rubles loaded within it.
  • School Card: This card offers a reduced price for all trips on the metro, since each trip costs 13 rubles (0.23 USD) instead of the usual 25 rubles per trip. The card’s price is 50 rubles (0.87 USD), which need to be paid in any of the ticket booths. To obtain this card, you will need to be an elementary school or secondary school student with a certificate of enrollment. Also, you will need to always have a minimum amount of 10 rubles loaded into the card.
  • Unlimited University Students Card: this card is ideal for any university student that uses the metro with frequency. It is an unlimited ride subscription that offers the user unlimited journeys for an entire month for a price of 650 rubles (11.32 USD.) Meanwhile, the price of the card is 75 rubles, which need to be paid on the ticket booths. Also, it is required that you show a certificate of enrollment of any higher education institution (universities, technical colleges, etc.) to acquire this card.
  • Unlimited School Card: It is the most convenient way of payment for all students in elementary schools and secondary schools, since they use the Samara Metro service daily. The card offers unlimited rides for a month with a single payment of 500 rubles (8.71 USD.) Also, the user needs a certificate of enrollment from the elementary or secondary school that they are currently attending. Likewise, they will need to pay the card’s fare, which is 5 rubles.
  • Social Card: People who qualify for a Social Card will be able to get 60 monthly trips for 270 rubles (4.70 USD.) Since this card is given to help people living on welfare, they will not need to pay for the card. The card will be given for free.
  • Unlimited Single Ride Card: This card is available for any citizen for any citizen, and offers unlimited rides for a single payment. This subscription has a price of 1600 rubles (27.86 USD,) which need to be paid on the ticket booths. Also, you will need to pay the cost of the card, which is 100 rubles.
Samara Metro metro Samara

Besides these subscriptions, there is a list of people who have the possibility of travelling for free on the Samara Metro. People who can use the metro for free are the following:

  • Children under 7 years of age.
  • Veterans from the old USSR.
  • Russian Veterans.
  • Officers who received the Order of Glory decoration.
  • Social work heroes.
  • Honorary citizens from Samara.

Security

The Samara Metro has state-of-the-art security services. Security is divided into the following three categories:

  • 1. Railway traffic security: To achieve this form of surveillance, the qualified operative personnel periodically checks the system’s trains to look for possible flaws that could be harmful to the well-being of the passengers. Also, the security personnel monitors the performance of the vehicles while they move, and proceeds to take action in case of malfunctions.
  • 2. Checking and maintenance of the facilities to avoid potential dangers: this security unit is in charge of making sure that the equipment works properly within the metro’s facilities, since this equipment could be dangerous for the passengers if they malfunction. This security staff has a special focus on the escalators, since they commonly malfunction. Since the creation of this security staff, escalator-related accidents within the metro system have been reduced, since there have been none during the last two years.
  • 3. Inspection of items carried by passengers that could be dangerous: following the regulations to prevent terrorist attacks, the Samara Metro authorities have created plans to guarantee the safety of its passengers, such as using undercover agents that monitor any suspicious behavior.

Future expansions

Currently, a second line is being built for the Samara Metro, which will complement line 1. The project consists of the construction of 9.57 kilometers of railway and six stations. The names for these stations have already been assigned.

Metro Samara car Metro Samara car

Although the project was announced on 2013, it was not until 2015 when a national construction company finally got the concession to initiate the construction. Currently, there is no planned inauguration date for line 2. There are very high expectations for this line, since it will give transportation to the people in the highly populated neighborhoods in the city.

Likewise, the Samara authorities have discussed the possibility of building a third line, but there is not a lot of information available about it yet. In any case, its construction would begin after line 2 is finished.

Connection to the airport

The Samara Metro has no direct connection to the Kurumoch International Airport. However, you can transfer to another transportation service to reach it by using the subway. To do this, you will need to board the metro, and head towards Bezymyanka, where you can board a line 78 bus. The bus stop is just in front of this station. This bus will bring you directly to the airport.

To make the trip from the airport to Bezymyanka, it would be same trip but in reverse order. A bus stop is located in front of the airport, in which buses that go to the city are found. Here, you will have to wait for the line 78 bus. Once you board this bus, you can make yourself comfortable while you wait to reach downtown Samara.

Connections

The Samara Metro is fully connected with buses and tramways that travel throughout the city. The subway’s stations with connections available are the following:

  • Yungorodok Station (Юнгородок): Here, the metro connects with buses 8, 12, 29 and 38. Also, it connects with lines 2, 3, 9, 10, 12, 13, 19, 24 and 24k from the tramway. The metro is also connected to minibuses 6, 47, 230, 266 and 283.
  • Kirovskaya Station (Кировская): The station offers connections with buses 21, 29, 30, 38, 47, 51 and 55. It also offers connections to minibuses 6, 30, 38, 47, 203, 206, 207, 213, 221, 230, 247, 261, 266, 283 and 297. There are also transfers available to tramways 2, 3, 8, 10, 19 and 25. Finally, there are connections available to trolleys 8, 10, 12, 13, and 18.
  • Bezymyanka Station (Безымянка): At this station, there are connections available to bus lines 34, 41, 55, 68, 75, and 78. Also, the metro can transfer to minibuses 34, 41, 68, 74м, 75, 89, 94, 124k, 126с, 126ю, 131, 205, 210, 217, 226, 240, 241, 247, 253, 272, 281, 298 and 480. Finally, there are also connections available to trolleys 7 and 8в.
  • Pobeda Station (Победа): There are connections available at this station with buses 9, 30, 34, 41, 55, 65, 68, and 75. Likewise, there are connections to tramways 2, 4, 7, 11, 12, 19, 21, and 23. Additionally, there are connections to lines 7 and 8в from the trolley. Finally, there are transfers available to minibuses 10, 34, 41, 62, 68, 74м, 75, 89, 94, 124к, 126с, 126ю, 131, 205, 210, 213, 217, 226, 240, 247, 253, 279, 281, 295, and 480.
  • Sovetskaya Station (Советская): Connections to buses 34 and 41 are available. Also, there are connections to lines 34, 41, 89, 94, 205, 210, 226, 240, 241, and 480 from the minibus service.
  • Sportivnaya Station (Спортивная): The station has a connection to bus routes 34 and 41. Likewise, it has a connection to lines 34, 41, 94, 205, 226, 240, 241, 264, and 480 from the minibus service.
  • Gagarinskaya Station (Гагаринская): The trains at this station are connected to bus lines 2, 24, 34, 41. Additionally, there are connections to minibuses 2, 24, 34, 41, 96, 99, 131, 205, 210, 217, 240, 241, 246, 298, and 480.
  • Moskovskaya Station (Московская): This station has connections available bus routes 1, 2, 22, 37, 42 and 47. Likewise, there are connections available to minibus lines 1, 1к, 2, 4, 22, 23, 24, 34, 37, 41, 44, 46, 47, 67, 94, 126с, 126ю, 210, 217, 247, 257д, 259, and 410а. Finally, there are connections available to trolleys 4, 12, 15, 17, 19, and 20.
  • Rossiyskaya Station (Российская): It offers connections to bus lines 2, 11, 42, 47, 50, and 61. It also offers connections with minibuses 2, 23, 44, 47, 50, 61д, 94, 97, 206, 217, 232, 247, 257д, 261, and 297. There are also connections available to tramways 4, 5, 18, 20, 20к, 22, and 23. Finally, it offers a connection to trolley route 19.
  • Alabinskaya Station (Алабинская): This station has transfers available to bus routes 2, 23, 42, 47, 50, and 11. There are also transfers available to tramways 18, 20, 20k, 22, 4 and 5.

Nearby attractions

The iconic Municipal Museum Cosmic Samara can be found near the Rossiyskaya station. This is an interesting museum where exhibits about the development of space technology are everywhere. Samara was a center of space-related activities during the Cold War, hosting a lot of factories dedicated to build components for shuttles and rockets. Within the museum’s facilities, the visitors will be able to see parts of real satellites and even a rocket launch site. This museum was opened in 2001 with just a few visitors. These visitors greatly enjoyed the museum. A few years after, this museum became one of the main attraction in Samara.

On the other hand, the Samara Regional State Library of Science is found near Alabinskaya station. This is one of the oldest libraries in Russia, with a refined architecture that can be enjoyed by any visitor that enters its facilities. It is not only a place for reading and entertainment, but it also hosts many of the city’s cultural events, such as plays, orchestras, among others.

Metro map of Samara

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  • Passengers/Day 44000
  • Fares:
  • 24h operation: No
  • Air Conditioning: No
  • Walk between platforms: No
  • Driverless trains: No
  • Screen Doors Platforms: No
  • Operator: Samarsky Metropoliten
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  • Samara Metro Official Website

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