Kazan Metro

Kazan Metro is a great way to travel throughout the city of Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Plans to build Kazan Metro began in 1979 shortly after population of the city grew to more than one million, which is a Soviet prerequisite for a metro to be built in a city. However, it wasn’t until 1997 that construction of the first station actually came to fruition due to both financing and political setbacks.

On August 27,2005 Kazan Metro was finally opened for use. The initial infrastructure included five stations built in underground tunnels. The initial construction was also atypically slow due to lack of funding, but later improved as resources were allocated to increase the rate of construction. The Metro, as of January, 2016, now consists of ten stations and stretches over almost 16 kilometers. Modern security systems have been installed at each station to ensure the safety of passengers as they use the transit system. Kazan Metro also boasts one of the most modern transit systems in Russia; having been developed at St. Petersburg NII Scientific Research Institude. Design of the system has been developed by Iconics UK. Its system is capable of tracking the movement of each train along the line as well as station equipment conditions and railway track conditions.

The rolling stock was designed by Vagonmash as a co-op effort with Skoda Dopravni Technika of Plzen, Czech Republic. The traction drive units were designed by UniControls. Each train is made up of four cars; three tail cars and a head car and each train has a capacity of thirteen hundred people.

Information inside the Metro is available and communicated in English, Russian, and Tatar. Each station is covered in beautiful murals, which make a trip through the transit system worth it just to see the exquisitely unique platforms and walls.

Kazan Metro Lines and Stations

Kazan Metro has a single line that begins at Prospect Pobedy and travels through (in the following order) Gorki, Ametyevo, Sukonnaya Sloboda, Ploshchad Tukaya, Kremlyovskaya, Kozya Sloboda, Yashlek, Severny Vokzal, and arrives at Aviastroitelnaya.

Hours of Operation

Kazan Metro runs from 6:00 to 23:00, making it easy to travel in the evening as well as during the day. The system is surprisingly low-traffic, with trains coming every 5-7 minutes, meaning that ease and comfort of use is superb.

Ticket and Fare

Kazan Metro uses an electronic ticketing system. There are single day passes available (smart tokens) as well as smart cards (multi-use passes), which are valid to be used either for numerous trips or for a certain amount of time. The transit system offers discounts for retired individuals, students, and children. A single ride will cost you approximately 7 rubles.

Tehran Metro

Tehran (or Teheran), is one of the largest cities in Western Asia with more than 14 million people living in its metropolitan area.
To transport that huge amount of people Theran city’s public transportation system has buses, trains and metro.

  • Max speed: 80 km/h (50 mi/h)
  • Average speed: 45 km/h (28 mi/h)
  • Number of lines: 5 built lines
  • Number of stations: 69
  • Passengers/day: 2 millions
  • Annual ridership 459.1 millions (2008)
  • System length: 74.5 km (46.3 mi)
  • Website: http://metro.tehran.ir/

Tehran Metro lines and stations

Thought the idea of a metro system in Tehran started in 1970s, it wasn’t until 2001
that the first two of the eight projected metro lines were operational. Currently, there are 5 operative lines.

  • Line 1: the red line: 26 stations and 17.5 miles (28.1 kms) long. Goes North to South from Tajrish to Kahrizak.
    Stations: Tajrish, Gheytariyeh, Shahid Sadr, Gholhak, Dr Ali Shari’ati, Mirdamad, Shahid Haghani, Shahid Hemmat, Mosalla, Shahid Beheshti, Shahid Mofatteh, 7th of Tir, Taleghani, Darvazeh Dowlat, Saadi, Imam Khomeini, 15th of Khordad, Khayam, Molavi, Shush, South Terminal, Khazaneh, Ali Abad, Javanmard-e-Ghassab, Shahr-e-Rey, Bagher Shahr, Shahed, Haram-e-Motahar, Kahrizak
  • Line 2: the blue line: 19 stations and 12.7 mi (20.4 kms) long. Goes East to West from Sadeghieh to Farhang Sara.
    Stations: Sadeghieh (Tehran), Tarasht, Sharif University, Azadi, Shahid Navvab-e Safavi, Meydan-e Hor, Imam Ali University, Hasan Abad, Imam Khomeini, Mellat, Baharestan, Darvazeh Shemiran, Imam Hossein, Shahid Madani, Sabalan, Fadak, Golbarg, Sarsabz, Elm-o-Sanat University, Shahid Bagheri, Tehran Pars, Farhang Sara
  • Line 3: the light blue line: It will have 22 stations as is currently under construction. When the line is finnished it will be 32.3 kms long .
    It goes Northeast to Southwest from Farhang to Sara.
    Stations: Shahid Beheshti, Mirzay-e Shirazi, Dr Fatemi, Meydan-e Vali Asr, Vali Asr, Imam Ali University, Moniriyeh, Razi, Rah Ahan, Javadiyeh, Qal’eh Morghi, Azadegan
  • Line 4: The yellow line: currently, just 13 stations of the 22 planned are operational. Goes from Shahrak Ekbatan to Shahid Kolahdooz.
    It will be 12mi (20kms) long.
    Stations: Shahrak Ekbatan, Bime, Meydan-e Azadi, Ostad Moein, Doctor Habib-o-llah, Azadi, Tohid, Enghelab, Vali Asr, Ferdowsi, Darvazeh Dowlat, Darvazeh Shemiran, Shohada Square, Sheykh-o-raeis, Nabard, Shahid Kolahdooz
  • Line 5: The green line: it’s 7 stations and 25.8 mi (41,5kms) long. This line connects Golshahr to Sadeghieh.
    Stations: Golshahr, Mahdasht, Karaj, Atomosfer, Garmdare, Vardavard, Iran Khodro, Chitgar, Azadi Stadium, Ekbatan, Sadeghieh
  • Lines 6 and 7: under construction.

Schedule and frecuency

Red Line: Travel Duration: 69 minutes. Distance: 39 Kms. Open from 05:30 to 22:30

Blue Line: Travel Duration: 47 minutes. Distance: 30 Kms. Open from 05:30 to 22:30

Yellow line: Travel Duration: 40 minutes. Distance: 21 Kms. Open from 05:30 to 22:30

Green line. Travel Duration: 52 minutes. Distance: 42 Kms. Open from 05:30 to 23:05

Fares and Tickets

The price of a journey is 4500 Rls., more or less USD 0.20$. Seniors do not have to pay.
They also have Seasonal and Stored value cards. Seasonal expire after an amount of time and Stored values are rechargeable.

Curious facts

Women that dont want to travel with men can choose a reserved car where men are not allowed.

Connection to the Airport

Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport handles all international flights and is located 31 miles south of Theran. The best way to get
to the airport is by bus, by shuttle or by taxi.

Samara Metro

Samara, formerly known as Kuibyshev, is a city of about 1.2 million people in the east of the european part of Russia.
It is an industrial city. The area where most factories are is located in the Bezymianny suburb away from the central districts where workers live. In order to facilitate access to workers and decongest highways, in 1987 this system was inaugurated.

The Samara Metro, formerly known as Kuybyshev Metro consists of a single line with 10 stations and a route of 12.7 kilometers of bidirectional track. In russian the system is known as Samarskiy metropoliten. It is one of the smallest of Russia.

The system is managed by the municipal company Samarsky Metropoliten privatized by the Russian government in the 90s. The Samara Metro transports 44,000 passengers daily.

Samara metro lines and stations

The first phase of Samara metro stretched along a route of only 4 kms. The phase between Gagarinskaya Street and Pobeda Street was 6 kilometers. The impact of the collapse of the USSR was devastating for the Russian economy, leaving no funds many for projects, including the construction of this system.

Stations: Teatralnaya, Samarskaya, Alabinskaya, Rossiyskaya, Moskovskaya, Gagarinskaya, Sportivnaya, Sovetskaya, Pobeda, Bezymyanka, Kirovskaya, Yungorodok, Krylya Sovetov.

Like many other Russian systems, ie Yekaterinburg metro, it has a triangle design. There is only one line built, but there were 2 others planned:

Komsomolskaya line

It would stretch from Station Square to the Volga district, one of the “sleeping areas” of the city. This line circulates almost parallel to the shore of the Volga River and pass through many of the key areas of the city.

Zasamarskaya line

The line would start at the central bus station, then go to the Samara river and finally reach the district of Samara.

The project after all, had to be modified since the initial approach of building the system through the center of the city, needed the destruction of buildings with great historical value.

Samara metro hours

The Samara Metro operates from 5.30 to 24.00.

Fares and tickets

The cost of a ride is 12 rubles if you have a card transport and 15 if you pay with tokens. If you carry luggage the ticket would cost 23 rubles.

There are monthly cards that cost 100 rubles. Students card is 75 rubles.

There are users who can travel free, ie children under 7 years accompanied by adults, Heroes of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation, honorary citizens, …

Curious facts

Each of Samara metro stations is designed by the best architects of the city. Samara metro has really beautiful stations as the Moskovskaya station decorated with red and yellow fixtures, or Gagarinskaya station with beautiful columns. Gagarinskaya station is named in honor of the first person who “flew” out in space Yury Gagarin Alekseevich.

Interesting links

Samara transports map

Mulheim Stadtbahn: U18

Mülheim an der Ruhr is a small german city of about 175,000 inhabitants. Its transportation system is linked to its neighboring cities: Essen, Duisburg and Oberhausen. The construction of this system started back in the 60s in Essen and Mulheim. The current line U18 opened in 1977. Most of the route runs underground although in some areas such as the A40 runs on the surface.

The U18 stadtbahn line has 17 stations. It links Essen to Mulheim an der Ruhr in the west (9 stations in Mulheim area). This line has been called the “shopping line” as serves somecommercial areas.

U18 Stadtbahn stations: Berliner Platz, Hirschlandplatz, Essen Hauptbahnhof, Bismarckplatz, Savignystraße / ETEC, Hobeisenbrücke, Breslauer Straße, Wickenburgstraße, RheinRuhrZentrum, Rosendeller Straße, Eichbaum, Heißen Kirche, Mühlenfeld, Christianstraße, Gracht, Von-Bock-Straße, Mülheim (Ruhr) Hauptbahnhof

The section of the line u18 passing through Mulheim is 5.5 kilometers long and is almost entirely underground except for a stretch between Von-Bock-Str. and Christian road, because of the demands of the terrain. The U18 line is jointly operated by MVG and Essen EVAG and DUEWAG Stadtbahn B-cars.

Hours and frequency

Stadtbahn line U18 opens from 4:00 and 5:00 until around midnight. Frecuency of service is 10 minutes during the day and every 20-30 minutes early morning and evening, Saturday afternoon and Sundays every 15 minutes daytime.

U18 Mulheim line map


Mulheim trams

Mülheim as part of its public transport system also has a network of trams. It opened on July 9, 1897 and is operated by Mülheimer Verkehrsgesellschaft and Stadtwerke Oberhausen. Speaking of underground systems in addition to the U18, Mulheim also has a tunnel with 4 underground stations belonging to the network of trams (line 102 and line 901)

Mulheim tram lines and stations

The tram network comprises 5 lines with a total length of 36,2kms.

  • Line 102: Uhlenhorst, Stadtmitte, Mülheim Hbf, Oberdümpten
  • Line 104: Hauptfriedhof, Stadtmitte, Rathausmarkt, Grenze Borbeck, E Abzweig Aktienstraße
  • Line 110: Friesenstraße, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße, Rathausmarkt, Stadtmitte, Spielplatz, Hauptfriedhof
  • Line 112/NE12: MH Kaiserplatz, Landwehr, Oberhausen Hbf, Feuerwache, Neue Mitte, Eisenheim, OB Neumarkt
  • Line 901: DU-Obermarxloh, Marxloh, Thyssen Verwaltung, Beeck, Neanderstr, Laar, Thyssen Tor 30, Ruhrort, Albertstr, DU-Stadtmitte, Jakobstr., Mülheim/Ruhr

Shangahi Metro

The Shanghai Metro transit system incorporates both subway and light metro lines. Since 1995, this metro has become one of the fastest-growing, the third longest and the fifth busiest rapid transit systems in the world, with several lines under construction at the moment.

  • Known as: metro
  • System length: 437 km
  • Number of lines: 12
  • Number of stations: 292
  • Average ridership: 6.69 million per day
  • Website:www.shmetro.com
  • Operator: Shanghai No.1-No.4 Metro Operation Company
  • Start of operation: April 10, 1995.

Lines and stations

  • Line 1: From Fujin Road to Xinzhuang (28 stations)
  • Line 2: From East Xujing to Pudong International Airport (30 stations)
  • Line 3: From North Jiangyang Road to Shanghai South Railway Station (29 stations)
  • Line 4: From Yishan Road to Yangshupu Road (26 stations)
  • Line 5: From Xinzhuang to Minhang Development Zone (11 stations)
  • Line 6: From Gangcheng Road to Oriental Sports Center (28 stations)
  • Line 7: From Meilan Lake to Huamu Road (32 stations)
  • Line 8: From Shiguang Road to Aerospace Museum (30 stations)
  • Line 9: From Songjiang South Railway Station to Middle Yanggao Road (26 stations)
  • Line 10: From Xinjiangwancheng to Hongqiao Railway Station (31 stations)
  • Line 11: From North Jiading to Jiangsu Road (20 stations)
  • Line 12: From Jinyun Road to Jinshajiang Road (5 stations)

Schedule and frequency

It operates from 5:00 am to 12 am and the trains run every 3 min.


The average fares range from 3 yuan for journeys under 6 km to 10 yuan for journeys over 6 km (it uses a distance based fare system)

Curious facts

A serial number is placed on each vehicle, consist of 5 or 6 digits (the first two numbers are production year, middle two are the sequential number of cars of the same platform and the last numbers are the type of train). This number is assigned during production and is unique for that vehicle.

Valencia Metro

Valencia Metro is the subway system in the capital of the state of Carabobo in Venezuela. Valecia metro serves the city from the south to the Cerdeño avenue in the city center. It was inaugurated on 18 November 2006 by the President of the Republic, Hugo Chavez. Just one year later began commercial operation, November 18, 2007, with several new stations (Fairs, Michelena, Santa Rosa and Lara), and a total length of 6.2 kms. It is used daily by more than 60,000 passengers.

Lines and stations

Valencia Metro is 7 kms long and has a total of 7 stations, although there are several more under construction.
Most of the stations circulate are underground.

Valencia metro currently has 1 built line, line 1. Line 2 has several stations operational. The system is expected to gradually grow to a total of 31 stations and 4 lines.

Line 1 stations

  • Monumental
  • Las Ferias
  • Palotal
  • Santa Rosa
  • Michelena
  • Lara
  • Cedeño

Line 2 stations

  • Rafael Urdaneta (in service)
  • Francisco de Miranda (in service)
  • Los Sauces
  • El Viñedo
  • Majay
  • Guaparo

Line 3 stations

  • Paramacay
  • La Granja
  • Caprenco
  • Tarapio
  • La Campiña
  • Simón Bolívar

Line 4 stations

  • La Florida
  • La Guacamaya
  • Cementerio
  • Hospital
  • Aranzazu
  • Lara (in service)
  • Lara II
  • Branger
  • Uslar
  • Estadio
  • Henry Ford
  • Bomberos

Fares and tickets

Standard ticket costs 4,00 BsF.
The elderly and disabled ride free.

Metro Valencia hours and frequency

Although the trains should run every four minutes, the actual frequency is 10 minutes during rush hour and 20 minutes normal schedule.

The metro runs from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 pm


Stations can be accessed via the fixed stations and escalators. There you can purchase your Fichas and Tarjetas Recargables. From here you access the platforms. Not really accessible ready stations.