This is the first in what will probably be many Hobotips; short posts with little gems of information or tips helping you avoid making the same mistakes we do on our travels!
Being Londoners, we thought the Metro system in Russia would be a breeze but it soon became apparent that there were a few distinct differences that made things a little trickier than expected! The obvious difference is the language barrier. After 5 days in Russia I think we’ve managed to learn about a third of the Cyrillic alphabet and that’s been a real challenge so deciphering place names is proving interesting. Fortunately, in St Petersburg, the Metro system has the names translated into The English alphabet, in Moscow it totally depends what line you’re travelling on so you may have just the Cyrillic place names to guide you!
When you go to the ticket window to buy your ticket in St Petersburg the single journey tickets come in the form of tokens that look like coins. We handed over our money, received our change but apparently no ticket so stood there trying to explain to the woman selling tickets we had no tickets whilst she pointed at our change and shouted back at us in Russian. It took a few minutes then the penny dropped and we realised our mistake so if you’re purchasing a single ticket for the metro in St Petersburg, don’t expect a paper ticket, look out for the coin tokens like the one in the photo above!
In contrast, The Moscow Metro system does issue paper tickets that can be charged with multiple journeys so if, like us, there are 2 of you, you’ll find that holding up 2 fingers to indicate what you want will get you a single ticket charged with 2 journeys rather than 2 single tickets!
Hope that you find this useful & look out for the next Hobotip coming soon!!