Filyovskaya line

The Filyovskaya line (Russian: Филёвская ли́ния, IPA: [fɪˈlʲɵfskəjə ˈlʲinʲɪjə]), or Line 4, is a line of the Moscow Metro. Chronologically the sixth to open, it connects the major western districts of Dorogomilovo and Fili along with the Moscow-City with the city centre. At present it has 13 stations and is 14.9 kilometres long.

#4 Filyovskaya line Filyovskaya line
Alexandrovsky Sad (Александровский сад) (4241989706).jpg
A train at Alexandrovsky Sad station in 2009
OwnerMoskovsky Metropoliten
TerminiAleksandrovsky Sad (center)
Kuntsevskaya (west); Mezhdunarodnaya (west)
TypeRapid transit
SystemMoscow Metro
Operator(s)Moskovsky Metropoliten
Rolling stock81-765.2/766.2/767.2
Daily ridership320,600
Opened15 May 1935 (as branch of #1 Sokolnicheskaya line)
7 November 1958 (as fully separate)
Line length14.9 km (9.3 mi)
CharacterAt-grade, underground
Track gauge1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in)
ElectrificationThird rail
Route map

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Transfer for #3 Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya line at Kuntsevskaya via cross-platform interchange Ground transfer#D1 Line D1 (Moscow Central Diameters)
Filyovsky Park
Ground transfer#D1 Line D1 (Moscow Central Diameters)
Transfer for #14 Moscow Central Circle at Kutuzovskaya
Transfer for #14 Moscow Central Circle at Delovoy Tsentr Ground transfer#D1 Line D1 (Moscow Central Diameters)
Transfer for #8A Solntsevskaya line at Delovoy Tsentr Transfer for #11 Bolshaya Koltsevaya line at Delovoy Tsentr Ground transfer#D1 Line D1 (Moscow Central Diameters)
Kiyevsky railway station Transfer for #3 Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya line at Kiyevskaya Transfer for #5 Koltsevaya line at Kiyevskaya
Aleksandrovsky Sad
Transfer for #1 Sokolnicheskaya line at Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Transfer for #3 Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya line at Arbatskaya (Transfer for #9 Serpukhovsko–Timiryazevskaya line at Borovitskaya)


The history of the Filyovskaya line is one of the most complicated in Moscow Metro, due to the eastern radius falling victim of changing policies. Originally the earliest stations are the oldest, dating to 1935 and 1937 when they opened as part of the First stage and operated as a branch from what later became the Sokolnicheskaya line. In 1938 the branch service was liquidated, and the Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya line was created by trains now terminating at Kurskaya. However, during the Second World War, the station Arbatskaya suffered damage when a German bomb pierced its ceiling, as all of the 1930s stations were built subsurface.

The threat of the Cold War becoming real meant that these early stations were not suited to double as bomb shelters, and instead, a deep parallel section was built. This would have meant the end of the Filyovskaya line, had Nikita Khrushchev as part of his visit to New York City not been inspired by seeing elevated and surface lines. Upon his return, and coinciding with his pursuit to save costs on architecture and construction, he cancelled the planned deep-level extension to Fili and instead built a surface line that would see the old stations reopened. In 1958 the Arbatsko–Filyovskaya line was inaugurated, becoming the sixth to open (the term Arbatsko- was dropped later). The line continued to extend westwards reaching Fili in 1959, along with its separate depot, the Fili Park in 1961 and ultimately the housing complex of Kuntsevo in 1965. A further extension was built to a newer development in Krylatskoye in 1989.

All of the stations, save Molodyozhnaya and Krylatskoye, were at ground level, the original late 1950s trio was built to an identical side-platform configuration, while the remaining four with a standardised island platform. Despite the success in saving costs, the Russian climate, particularly the winter, the sharp bends, and the small station size made the line one of the most unpopular with passengers.

By the 21st century, however, Filyovskaya line's fate would change radically. First the rising Moscow City business centre required a metro line, and a two-station branch was opened from Kievskaya in 2005 to Delovoy Tsentr and again in 2006 to Mezhdunarodnaya.

In early 2008, with the realization of the Strogino–Mitino extension the Filyovskaya line's underground end was taken up by the same Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya line, and its terminus was a redesigned platform at Kuntsevskaya.


Segment Date opened Length
Aleksandrovsky Sad – Smolenskaya 15 May 1935 1.7 km
Smolenskaya – Kiyevskaya 20 March 1937 1.4 km
Aleksandrovsky Sad – Ploshchad Revolyutsii 13 March 1938 *
Kiyevskaya – Kutuzovskaya 7 November 1958 2.3 km
Kutuzovskaya – Fili 7 November 1959 1.7 km
Fili – Pionerskaya 13 October 1961 3.5 km
Pionerskaya – Molodyozhnaya 5 July 1965 3.8 km****
Kuntsevskaya 31 August 1965 N/A
Molodyozhnaya – Krylatskoye 31 December 1989 1.9 km
Kiyevskaya – Delovoi Tsentr 10 September 2005 2.2 km**
Delovoi Tsentr – Mezhdunarodnaya 30 August 2006 0.5 km
Kuntsevskaya – Krylatskoye detached 2 January 2008 −4.3 km***
Total: 13 stations 14.7 km

* Service branch of 0.9 km was used to connect Aleksandrovsky Sad and Ploshchad Revolyutsii.

** Segment exists as branch on route Aleksandrovskiy Sad – Kiyevskaya – Mezhdunarodnaya.

*** On 2 January 2008 the Filyovskaya line was shortened to its terminus at Kuntsevskaya, whilst the stations Molodyozhnaya and Krylatskoye were passed on to the Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya line

Name changesEdit

Station Previous name(s) Years
Aleksandrovsky Sad Komintern 1935–1937
Ulitsa Kominterna 1937–1945
Kalininskaya 1945–1990
Vystavochnaya Delovoy Tsentr 2005–2009


Transfer to At
  Sokolnicheskaya line Aleksandrovsky Sad
  Arbatsko–Pokrovskaya line Kiyevskaya
Aleksandrovsky Sad
  Koltsevaya line Kiyevskaya
  Solntsevskaya line (west) Vystavochnaya

Rolling stockEdit

The line is served by the Fili (№ 9) depot and currently the whole fleet is undergoing replacement. The oldest E type trains in Moscow were retired in 2009. Six carriage fleet of 24 trains (a mix of Ezh, Ezh1, Em-508 and Em-509) will was passed on to other depots and replaced by the new 81–740.1/741.1 "Rusich" (also known as "Skif") which are more suited for the outdoor climate that the line has. Also, there are five old 81-717/714 trains from Koltsevaya and Kalininskaya lines. They are mostly running on the "Aleksandrovsky sad" – "Mezhdunarodnaya" line, but some trains are running on the main line to "Kuntsevskaya".

In the summer of 2018, the operation of new 81-765.2/766.2/767.2 "Moskva" trains began. By December 2018 the line was solely operating 81–765.2/766.2/767.2s. The 81-765/766/767s are also suited for the outdoor climates the line has but have gangways between every carriage and are more advanced.

Subway car types used on the line over the years:

  • Series A, B: 1935 - 1953
  • Series V: 1958 - 1962
  • Series D: 1961 - 1992
  • Series E: 1986 - 2007
  • Series Ezh, Em-508 and Em-509: 1986 - 2009
  • Series 81-740A/741A: 2005 - 2006
  • Series 81-740.1/741.1: 2005 - 2019
  • Series 81-717/714: 2011 - 2018
  • Series 81-765.2/766.2/767.2: 2018 - present

Recent developments and future plansEdit

Kiyevskaya station

After the line lost its terminus, its passenger flow dropped substantially, making it more local. Presently work is planned to upgrade the surface stations, and to finish replacement of the rolling stock. The branch service originally having 15 minute intervals now has 5 min which makes 1:1 ratio of trains traveling from Aleksandrovsky Sad.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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