The history of the Kyiv metro begins in 1938, after the approval of the “Kyiv Metro Plan” by the Presidium of the Kyiv City Council. However the work was stopped in the same year due to the Second World War. In 1949 work was resumed.
Today Kyiv metro consists of three lines and has 52 stations with a total length of 67.6 kilometers. The metro works from 6 am to 12 pm. Schedule may vary on holidays. Each metro station supports the coverage of mobile operators: “Vodafone”, “Kyivstar”, and “lifecell”.
The fare in Kyiv metro costs 8 hryvnias (approximately 0.30 cents).The system of tokens (“zheton” in Ukrainian) will work until October 31, 2019. After that it will be required to buy a card which costs 12 hryvnias (approximately 0.45 cents) and replenish with the number of trips. Also it is possible to replenish the card in the computer terminals located in the cash halls of the stations.
By 2025, another 20 stations are planned to be built. In addition there will be two new lines: Podilsko-Vyzhgorodska and Livoberezhna which will connect Troeschyna with Osokorki. Also there is a plan to extend Syretsko-Pechersk line in the direction of the Vinogradar on the one hand and the Darnytsa railway station on the other.
Each station of the Kyiv subway is unique and famous for its bright and colorful design. The first stations were originally designed and decorated in the style of post-war Soviet architecture, mixed with traditional Ukrainian motifs. The stations that were built recently have calmer colors and look more modern. At the same time Kyiv station Osokorki is framed by invited artists from different countries. They painted murals on the walls of the station for four months.
The “Golden Gate” station which was opened in 1989 entered the “Top 22 most beautiful stations in Europe” according to the British Daily Telegraph, and Arsenalna is the deepest underground station in the world, 105.5 meters deep. In addition 5 stations were recognized as architectural monuments.
Kiev metro lives in the rhythm of the city, developing and growing, becoming modern and comfortable, in accordance with the requirements of the present time.