The Moscow Metro stations are the most beautiful stations in the world and a very popular tourist attraction. Each station has a unique architecture, some with marble walls, high ceilings, and chandeliers, others have mosaics, paintings, and sculptures. They were designed by prominent Russian architects, artists, and sculptors. All the country was mobilized in order to complete it. It was conceived to be a showpiece for Stalin’s government. During the construction, Stalin ordered a design that embodied svet (radiance or brilliance) and svetloe budushchee (a radiant future). Inaugurated in 1935, it was celebrated as a technological and ideological victory for socialism.
The Moscow Metro is one of the biggest in the world. It has 12 lines, 180 stations, and almost 10 thousand trains. The Moscow Metro is the world’s second most heavily used rapid transit system after Seoul Metropolitan Subway.
The single journey fare costs 30 rubles (about a dollar). The tickets can be bought in an automatic machine if you don’t speak Russian. All signs in the stations are written using the Cyrillic alphabet, so it’s best to learn it if you don’t wanna get lost. Keep in mind that people who speak English in Moscow are very rare. Better not count on it for help.
Check out the metro map in http://www.wtr.ru/moscow/eng/metro/metro.html