Kharkiv Metro

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Kharkiv Metro
Kharkiv Metro Logo.png
Holodna Hora metro station, Kharkiv, Ukraine.jpg
The central platform of one of the first stations in the system, Kholodna Hora.
Native nameХарківський метрополітен
Kharkivskyi metropoliten
OwnerCity of Kharkiv
LocaleKharkiv, Ukraine
Transit typeMetro/Subway
Number of lines3[1]
Number of stations30[2][3]
Daily ridership633,150 (2013)
Annual ridership231.1 million (2013)[1]
WebsiteKharkiv Metro (in Ukrainian)
Began operation1975
Number of vehicles59
Train length5 cars
System length38.1 km (23.7 mi)[1]
System map
Map of the Kharkiv Metro.
Train (model 81-718.2) on 23 Serpnia station.
Kharkiv metro token

The Kharkiv Metro (Ukrainian: Харківське метро or Харківський метрополітен) is the metro system that serves the city of Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine. The metro was the second in Ukraine (after Kiev) and the sixth in the USSR when it opened in 1975.[4] The metro consists of three lines which operate on 37.6 kilometres (23.4 mi) of route and serve 30 stations.[2] The system transported 231.1 million passengers in 2013[1] (down from 239.3 million in 2012[5]).


Initial plans for a rapid transit system in Kharkiv were made when the city was a capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. However, after the capital moved to Kiev in 1934 and Kharkiv suffered heavy destruction during World War II, a rapid transit system was dropped from the agenda. In the mid-1960s, the existing mass transit system became too strained, and construction of the metro began in 1968.

Seven years later, on 23 August 1975, the first eight-station segment of 10.4 kilometres (6.5 mi) was put into use. It is claimed that the metro does not have the beautiful and excessive decorations that stations in Moscow and Saint Petersburg[citation needed] Metros show, yet they do make the best of mid-1970s and later styles. While a metro token is shown below, these can no longer be used in Kharkiv, (since 2014 or 15?). Passenger must buy a single use ticket or use a reloadable card. Tokens are still used in Kiev as of 2017.

Lines and stations[edit]

# Name Opened Length Stations
1 Kholodnohirsko-Zavodska Line 1975 17.2 km[6] 13
2 Saltivska Line 1984 10.4 km[6] 8
3 Oleksiivska Line 1995 11.1 km[citation needed] 9
TOTAL: 38.7 km[citation needed] 30

In August 2016 the Peremoha station became the first Kharkiv metro station with disabled access.[7]

Facts and numbers[edit]

Pushkinska station.

Currently, the Kharkiv Metro consists of 3 lines, 30 stations, and 37.6 kilometres (23.4 mi) of route.[1] The stations arranged in a typical Soviet design of a triangle, that is, three radial lines crossing in the city centre. Open from 5:30 in the morning until 23:59, it has a daily passenger traffic of over one million passengers.

Because of the city's uneven landscape, the metro stations are located on varying depths. Six of the system's 30 stations are deep level stations, and the remaining are shallow. Of the former, all but one are pylon type, and the latter are of column type. The shallow stations comprise fourteen pillar-trispans and eight single vaults. Kharkiv was the first metro to exhibit the single vault design of the shallow type (see more at the Skhodnenskaya article).

The metro is served by two depots which have a total of 320 carriages forming 59 five-car trainsets[citation needed] (all of the platforms are exactly 100 metres (330 ft) long). In 2015 new trains were introduced to the metro.[8]

The metro is directly subordinated to the Ministry of Transport of Ukraine. Unlike the Kiev Metro, Kharkiv is not privatised and owned by a municipal company. In 2009, the Ministry transferred the metro to the city administration.

An art deco light fixture from Arkhitektora Beketova station.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e ОСНОВНЫЕ ТЕХНИКО-ЭКСПЛУАТАЦИОННЫЕ ХАРАКТЕРИСТИКИ МЕТРОПОЛИТЕНОВ ЗА 2013 ГОД. [Main technical and operational specifications for Subways for Year 2013.] (pdf). (in Russian). Международная Ассоциация "Метро" [International Association of Metros]. 2013. pp. 1, 3. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  2. ^ a b President opened a new «Peremoha» (Victory) underground station in Kharkiv, (19 August 2016)
  3. ^ Порошенко відкрив у Харкові нову станцію метро "Перемога" (in Ukrainian)
  4. ^
  5. ^ За перший квартал міський транспорт перевіз понад 130 мільйонів пасажирів [For the First Quarter Kharkiv transport carries more than 130 million passengers] (in Ukrainian). City of Kharkiv. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  6. ^ a b Офіційний сайт КП «Харківський метрополітен»
  7. ^ Kharkiv metro reaches 30 stations Kharkiv metro reaches 30 stations, Railway Gazette International (22 August 2016)
  8. ^ Kharkiv metro inaugurates trainset, Railway Gazette International (24 August 2015)

External links[edit]