Tourists and locals can now rent audio guides in the Moscow Metro as part of an experiment. The devices are available at 11 Live Help desks, gift shops at Mayakovskaya and Trubnaya stations and the information centre at Tushinskaya station.
“The audio guide will introduce Muscovites and tourists to the Moscow Metro’s history. We are offering several routes – along the Circle, Sokolnicheskaya, Zamoskvoretskaya, Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya and Filyovskaya lines. To begin the tour, you need to select the language and the route. Then you will hear about the construction and development of the line you chose and get a tour of the most beautiful stations there. We will be adding new routes to the list,” said Deputy Moscow Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Maxim Liksutov.
According to Liksutov, audio guides will be popular with passengers who prefer to explore the Moscow Metro without a tourist group.
The service supports three languages – English, Chinese and Russian. By late June it will also be available in German, Spanish and French. The price is 350 roubles plus a security deposit of 1,500 roubles that will be refunded after returning the audio guide equipment. The rental hours are 8 am–7 pm, and the device must be returned on the same day.
The experiment will run until late November 2018. If the service gets popular, it will be available on a permanent basis.
Locations of Live Help desks:
— Ploshchad Revolyutsii;
— Arbatskaya on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line;
— Kievskaya on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line;
— Paveletskaya on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line;
— Barrikadnaya on the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line;
— Park Kultury on the Circle Line;
— Kitai-Gorod on the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line;
— Sretensky Bulvar.
During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Moscow Metro is offering guided tours in Russian and English. The tours are dedicated to stations that have long been in operation, newly launched ones as well as the Moscow Central Circle (MCC).