Going underground

No, I am not going to dig a big hole! The tall person travelled on the Metro yesterday and he thought you might like to know what it is like.

When it opened in 1966 the Tibilisi Metro was the fourth Metro system in the former Soviet Union (after Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Kiev). It consists of two lines with 22 stations on 26.4 kilometres of track.

The Metro is a great way to get around the city and avoid traffic jams. It is also convenient as trains run from 6:00 a.m. till 12:00 a.m. This is an entrance to a Metro station.

Until quite recently, entry to the system was by small plastic tokens which could be purchased at kiosks inside the stations. However, these have now been replaced by plastic smart cards that can be topped up. There is a flat fare of 40 tetri (about 24 U.S. cents) but the tall person read somewhere that if you make more than one journey in a day the price reduces – the second journey will cost 30 tetri and the third 20 tetri.

Most of the stations are deep and reached by long escalators. It sometimes takes a while to actually get down to platform level. The tall person says that the escalators remind him of the ones in the Moscow Metro, which are also very long. This is a picture of one of the platforms.

The platforms are often quite busy (an estimated 300,000 people use the Metro each day) but trains are regular and you rarely have to wait more than a couple of minutes. Notice how clean and shiny the platforms are.

Signs on the platforms and in the underground corridors are in Georgian script, which can be very confusing for foreigners but when you are on a train announcements for arrival at each station are made in both Georgian and English. However, the tall person suggests that you take a map of the system and count the stations as it is easy to get confused!

This is a picture of one of the train carriages. They are rarely this empty and sometimes you will have to stand! Notice how clean the carriages are!

This is our stop! I hope you enjoyed the tall person’s guide to the Tbilisi Metro.

10 thoughts on “Going underground

  1. This is great, Bassa, you are not afraid of these trains – Bongo doesn’t know such, but when i was living in Munich once with my family, my dog went with me without any problems, even if crowded sometimes. Some people don’t look, if there were little kids or dogs, but I think, you are big enough 🙂

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