MCC turns two years: Festive design of Troika card

MCC turns two years: Festive design of Troika card
The Moscow Central Circle (MCC) opened on 10 September 2016. This anniversary is being marked with special Troika cards depicting a Lastochka train running past the Moscow City Business Centre.

Troika cards with a themed design marking the second anniversary of the Moscow Central Circle have been on sale at MCC ticket offices since 10 September. A total of 4,000 will be sold.

“On 10 September, the MCC celebrates its two year anniversary. Festive Troika cards will remind passengers about this new form of Moscow transport. The MCC connects remote city districts, reducing travel times. Many passengers use this ‘surface metro’ regularly. Over the course of two years, 222 million people have used the Moscow Central Circle, which is one and a half times more than the entire population of Russia,” said the Moscow Metro’s First Deputy Head for Strategic Development and Customer Service Roman Latypov.

The front of the Troika card sports a Lastochka train running past the Moscow City Business Centre. The card bears the inscription: “Two years of the Moscow Central Circle.”

The MCC entered service on 10 September 2016. It includes 31 stations providing 20 metro and seven commuter train transfer points that take no more than 10-12 minutes and are free within 90 minutes.

The shortest and most convenient changes are warm indoor transfer points. These are available at Mezhdunarodnaya, Leninsky Prospekt, Cherkizovskaya, Vladykino and Kutuzovskaya metro stations.

Maps and signs help riders choose the most convenient change for metro and commuter trains and quickly find the exits closest to bus and tram stops.

MCC maps at the stations show the change points for suburban and metro trains. They also indicate the exits to surface transit stops and the route numbers.  

Live Help desks are available at Kutuzovskaya, Ploshchad Gagarina, Luzhniki, Delovoi Tsentr and Shelepikha stations. The help desk staff can offer information in Russian or English on the shortest route available, changes to other forms of transport, fares and even places of interest from the train window.

Take a Lastochka train around Moscow

Fast Lastochka trains offer enhanced comfort. With a maximum speed of 120 km/h they average 50 km/h on the whole route, with stops. They are fitted with air conditioning, chemical toilets, information displays, free Wi-Fi, power outlets and bicycle racks.

Doors open automatically for entry and exit upon pushing the button on the door after the train comes to a halt. The button turns green when the door is ready to open. The rest of the time the doors are closed for safety reasons.

Unlike the commuter trains, Lastochka carriages lack vestibules, which allows passengers to enter and leave more quickly.

Riders can pay Moscow Central Circle fares with the Unified Travel card or the Troika card. Details on riding the MCC, including travel policy, luggage restrictions and animal carriage rules, are available at