This is a very common question asked by visitors that are coming to Moscow from St. Petersburg by Sapsan or a regular train. All trains from St. Petersburg are arriving at Leningradsky station (in Russian – Ленинградский вокзал) in Moscow. Below I’ll provide you with information on what is the best way to get from Leningradsky train station to Red Square and Kremlin.
By subway – the fastest way
Here is a step-by-step instruction on getting from Leningrad station to Red Square by subway (which is called “metro” in Moscow). It’s very easy and not as complicated as you may think at first.
1. Enter the subway station Komsomolskaya (Комсомольская) which is located right by the exit of Leningradsky train station. Most people exiting train station will be heading to the subway, so just follow the crowd.
2. Buy the subway ticket which costs 55 Rubles a person per trip (as of 05/03/2017).
3. There are two lines at Komsomolskaya station – you’ll ned to follow to the Sokolnicheskaya line, which is a red line. It’s easy to navigate in Moscow’s metro system by the color of lines.
4. The most complicated part is to pick the correct side once you are on the platform (there will be a choice to get on the train on the left or right). To get to Red Square, you need to head to the station Okhotny Ryad (Охотный Ряд) which is 4 stops away from Komsomolskaya. Simply go to the side with the most people and pretty much always you will be correct.
5. Get off the train at Okhotny Ryad station and follow the sign “Way out”. Follow the others that are going to exit and once you are out, you’ll be able to see the walls of Kremlin and Red Square.
As you can see, it’s really easy to get to Red Square by subway. It will only take you 15-20 minutes to get here from Leningradsky train station.
By taxi/Uber – the lazy way
It’s more expensive and not necessarily the fastest way because of the usual traffic jam in Moscow’s city center.
Red Square is located 4km from Leningradsky station which takes a 15-minute drive on a good day. But in real life, “good days” to drive in Moscow are very rare :). That’s why I highly recommend you to take a subway rather than a taxi or Uber.
I hope this information helps. I’ll be more than welcome to answer your other questions about traveling to Russia. Don’t hesitate to ask your questions in the comments below.
Have a great day!