Ten themed trains commemorating the 2018 World Cup are running in the Moscow Metro. Two of the themed trains were launched on 14 June on the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line (purple line), with eight more added in late June on the purple and Sokolnicheskaya (red) lines. Now the two lines have five World Cup trains each.
“On the exterior we put information about the host cities. Inside the trains, passengers will feel like real players on the turf. They will learn popular and little-known facts about world football, as well as greetings in various languages,” Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, commented.
Rare archive photographs by prominent photographers of the Soviet era are on display in every carriage. The 85 photos feature renowned coaches and players, iconic moments from international matches, and highlights of the Soviet championships. They also show how Moscow stadiums looked in the 20th century.
The football-themed trains will be in operation until September.
All station announcements in the metro are made in both English and Russian for the World Cup. Also, onboard trains, the maps and directions have been translated into English. Luzhniki and Spartak stadiums, the FIFA Venue Ticketing Centre and the FIFA Fan Fest are highlighted. Additional announcements are made in English and Russian on the Sokolnicheskaya and Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya lines to inform frootball fans how to better get to Luzhniki and Spartak stadiums.
The World Cup opened in Russia on 14 June and will run until 15 July in 11 cities, including Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Ekaterinburg and Saransk. The Russian capital is not only the main city of the mundial but also serves as the major transit hub for foreign football fans.