World Cup: Metro and MCC extended hours on late match days

World Cup: Metro and MCC extended hours on late match days
Muscovites and tourists who plan to watch World Cup matches at the stadiums, or at the FIFA Fan Festival on Vorobyovy Gory, or in cafes or at somebody else’s place will be able to get home fast and comfortably after the match is over.

The Moscow Metro and the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) will operate until 3 am on several match days.

“The metro and the MCC will operate until 3 am on four days: the night of 16 June (early morning 17 June) (Croatia vs Nigeria: start time 10 pm Moscow time in Kaliningrad); the night of 27 June (Serbia vs Brazil: start time 9 pm at Spartak Stadium); 3 July (a Round of 16, start time 9 pm at Spartak Stadium); and 11 July (a semifinal match, start time 9 pm at Luzhniki Stadium),” said Maxim Liksutov, Moscow Deputy Mayor and Head of the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.

He added that the extended service hours would allow fans at World Cup matches in the stadiums, the FIFA Fan Festival on Vorobyovy Gory, in cafes or at somebody else’s flat to get home fast and comfortably after the match is over.

Free buses will carry football fans along eight routes. Shuttle buses marked “S” will run to the airports, metro stations, the Luzhniki Big Sports Arena and Spartak Stadium. These buses will carry fans to the matches and then to the closest metro station after the match is over. In addition, fans can ride 45 buses, trolleybuses and trams near the stadiums and in the city centre for free. They only need to show the driver or the conductor their FAN ID card and the match ticket. This free transport will be marked with stickers.

World Cup matches are to be held from 14 June through 15 July in 11 cities: Moscow, St Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Volgograd. The capital will be the main transport hub for foreign fans. The organizers will host 12 matches in Moscow as well as the opening and the closing ceremonies. The main events will be held at Luzhniki: four group stage matches, including the opening one, as well as a Round of 16, a semifinal and the finals. Spartak Stadium will host four group stage matches and a Round of 16.