Over 500 metro diagrams for football fans showing the shortest routes to the Spartak and Luzhniki stadiums, as well as the FIFA Fan Fest venue on Vorobyovy Gory, have been installed at metro stations and those of the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) belt railway. Twenty-six other metro stations and the MCC Luzhniki station have information stands with booklets in Russian and English.
“The booklets contain almost all essential information fans might need, including match schedules and a Moscow city centre map showing local landmarks, major hotels, railway stations, free-shuttle stops, FAN ID Centre and the FIFA Ticketing Centre. The stands with booklets are located at stations that the fans use most often,” the Moscow Metro Press Service reported.
According to the Press Service, large navigation maps are located in station entrance halls and on the platforms. They indicate transfers required for getting to the World Cup stadiums or the FIFA Fan Fest area on Vorobyovy Gory from the stations where they are staying. The maps also show approximate traveling times.
Over 80 metro stations have Live Help desks staffed by specially trained workers who speak foreign languages. The assistants wear special badges, armbands and bright-red caps. They have already helped 100,000 foreign tourists since the World Cup began.
List of metro stations offering booklets with city maps and match schedules:
- Belorusskaya (Circle Line)
- Belorusskaya (radial line)
- Vorobyovy Gory
- Kievskaya (Circle Line)
- Kievskaya (radial line)
- Park Kultury
- Rechnoi Vokzal
- Luzhniki (MCC)
- Lomonosovsky Prospekt
- Aleksandrovsky Sad
- Ploshchad Revolyutsii
Eleven Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk, are hosting World Cup matches from 14 June until 15 July. Moscow is the 2018 World Cup capital.