Find Out More About Metro's Hidden Secrets

The metro will get you where you want to go, and do it rather quickly Ч but there's even more to the Moscow subway than you think.

Take a trip underground and you can have a peek at some of Soviet art's greatest public treasures. Look hard enough and you may just uncover one of Soviet Moscow's biggest and best-kept secrets: the hidden metro.

Guiding you on your tour is the Russian-language web site (, which gives readers a glimpse into the history of the local subway. You can find everything from a chronologically ordered list of metro maps starting from 1935 to information pages dedicated to particular stations.

There's info on a second circle line that was added to the metro map in the mid-'70s but seems to have vanished before the Olympic Games in 1980, when English-language maps were released.

There's even a section dedicated to the mythical "secret" metro, rumored to have been built for the evacuation of the Soviet elite in Cold War times in the event of a nuclear attack against the capital.

Ever wondered why no metro lines pass under the Kremlin? According to, there are up to four secret lines that span out from the city's heart with entrance points at the residences and workplaces of the political elite.

The hyperinflation of the early 1990s is clearly illustrated in several tables of metro ticket prices. You can also view images of the many different faces a metro ticket took throughout the years. One of the more amusing images is a diagram of instructions for the correct use of the metro turnstiles and tickets: "put it in, pull it out and walk through."

The site also gives some interesting facts and figures: The minimum arrival time between trains at a station is 85 seconds, and the shortest ride is only 585 meters, between the Alexandrovsky Sad and Arbatskaya stations. The metro also boasts the longest continuous subway line in the word, the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya line.