Moscow Monorail

The monorail Moscow (Russian Московская монорельсовая транспортная система / Moskovskaya monorelsowaja transport well sistema or short Московский монорельс / Moskovsky monorels ) is a five-kilometer monorail overhead railway in the Russian capital Moscow. It connects the area near the All-Russia Exhibition Center with the metro station and the regional station Timirjasewskaja.


The monorail was commissioned in November 2004 after about three years of construction, in operation, initially only as a trial run with only one railcar and entry point only to the end stations. 2006, there were two trains on the line daily 8-20 clock in about 25 minutes, irregular beat. In addition, at some of the stops only the exit, but not the entry was not possible. Meanwhile, the clock was slightly compressed and extended the operating time on 7-23 clock. The travel time for the entire route is about 17 minutes. Since 10 January 2008, for the monorail the same fares as for the metro. 2010 Costs a ride thus 26 rubles ( 0.60 euros converted ), in addition, you can purchase monthly passes.

The decision to set up this for Moscow hitherto completely new means of transport fell within the scope of application of Moscow as host of the Expo 2010. Later, not Moscow, but Shanghai was awarded the contract, the monorail was already under construction, it was decided to continue. In addition, the city of Moscow wanted to test this mode of transport as a way of better linking the international airports of Moscow to the city center.


The profitability of the rail is doubtful. It was initially used daily by only a few hundred passengers, which so far is not surprising, as the monorail trains sometimes are barely faster than the approximately parallel-running tram. The plan further monorail routes in Moscow was therefore postponed shortly after commissioning of the first line and now abandoned. The initial objective connection to the Moscow airports will no longer be considered, especially since these were anyway already connected to the railway network. The Moscow monorail is an attraction rather than an integral part of public transport. However, passenger numbers increased from the initial phase of operation.


The Moscow Monorail consists of a single line with six breakpoints. The entire system is in high position on a viaduct. The station Ulitsa Akademika Koroleva has each direction per one side of the platform, the remaining stations are equipped with central platforms.

Photo Gallery

Entrance to station Telezentr

Rail system Monorail (looking out the back window of a moving train )

Street view of the station Ulitsa Sergeja Eisensteina