The rail journey to Lisbon via Paris and Irun takes about 45 hours. Through sleepers to Paris (on the Night Ferry) and sleepers from Irun to Lisbon (on the Sud Express) are available to 1st-class travellers throughout the year. The basic fares are £37 return 1st class and £27 2nd class. Supplements are payable on the Sud Express and, of course, for sleepers. Return fares by air to Lisbon are £80 1st class – £60 tourist, £50 summer tourist, £42 night tourist and £37 off-peak night tourist. Many Britons prefer to travel to Lisbon by sea on ships of the Royal Mail, Blue Star, Booth and other lines. The voyage takes three to four days and costs from about £55 return 1st class and £30 tourist. Royal Mail provide a real travel bargain in the form of return trips to Lisbon for from £22 upwards for those prepared to accept 3rd-class accommodation. Early application for berths is essential.
The direct sea route to Sweden is the Swedish Lloyd service from Tilbury to Gothenburg. Return fares between London and Gothenburg by this route are £47 1st class and £28 10s. 2nd class with meals on board included. Like Oslo, Stockholm is 11 hours beyond Copenhagen by train, the fares being £37 and £27 return via the Hook, and £38 and £27 return via Ostend. The return air journey to Stockholm costs £75 1st class, £58 tourist and £37 night tourist.
To Zurich the 1st-class return fares for the 19- to 24-hour journey are £23 via Ostend or Calais and £25 via the Hook. The prices 2nd class is respectively £16 and £18. Air fares are £40 1 s. 1st-class return, £31 tourist, £26 night tourist, and £22 off-peak night tourist, only on certain dates.
To Geneva the rail and steamer journey takes 19 hours via Calais and Paris and costs £24 return 1st class and £16 2nd class. The air journey to Geneva costs £37 for a 1st-class return, £30 tourist, £24 night tourist and £20 off-peak night tourist.
In Scandinavia considerable use is made of internal air services, not only between the three capitals but also for travel to other main towns: distances are often considerable. Sea travel is also much used. Overnight journeys, by train or boat, are made by the local people whenever possible: berths and sleepers are of a high standard, but early reservations are essential.
In Portugal the only internal air service is between Lisbon and Oporto but the train journeys are mostly quite short. Communications are not highly developed in the less populated south, but the roads are good and it is worth considering taking a car, which can be shipped to Lisbon.
In Austria and Switzerland virtually every village is served by a Post-bus. They may not be as frequent as buses in Britain but you can at least be certain of reaching almost any place in the country by public transport if it has a motorable road. In Austria there are also regular air services between Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck, as well as between Salzburg and Klagenfurt. In Switzerland various forms of reduced-price tickets.
MUSCAT AND OMAN
Routes and Fares: Bait al Falaj, the airport for Muscat, is reached by air via Bahrain. From London a 1st-class return to Bahrain costs £271 16s. and economy-class £190 16s., the journey taking ten to eleven hours. The return fare from Bahrain to Bait al Falaj is £39 15s.
Formalities: A visa, for Muscat only, must be obtained from the Passport Office, Clive House, Petty France, London, S.W.1. Special permission must be obtained in Muscat if you want to travel outside the town. Smallpox vaccination is compulsory.
Information: There is no general information office in England.
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