Information. 6. OMNIBUSES AND TRAMWAYS. 27
the destination towards which the vehicle is proceeding. The prin¬
cipal places passed en route are also indicated, and the letter of the
line is marked on different parts of the vehicle. The vehicles are
also distinguished by their own colour and that of their lamps.
Passengers may either hail and stop the omnibus (or horse-car)
in the street as in England, or wait for it at one of the numerous
omnibus-offices. In the latter case, if there are other intending
passengers, it is usual to ask for a numbered ticket (numero; no
charge) for the line required. As soon as the omnibus appears,
places are assigned to the ticket-holders in order, the conductor
calling out the numbers; when the omnibus is 'complef (notified
at the back of the vehicle) it drives off, and the disappointed ticket-
holders have to wait for the next. On Sundays and in rainy weather
the offices are frequently besieged by crowds of intending passengers,
and a dreary wait ensues. Electric tramways are supposed to stop
only at the recognized stations, which are usually indicated by
placards on the lamp-posts.
The fares on all the lines within Paris are the same, 30 c. inside
or on the platform, and 15 c. outside (imperiale). The fares for
places beyond the fortifications are from 10 to 50 c. higher (inside ;
outside, or on the platform of those vehicles which have no imperiale,
5 to 25 c.) according to the distance. — The fares of the electric
tramways are 15 or 10 c within Paris and 5 c. each 'section' beyond.
One of the most admirable features in the arrangements of the
Parisian omnibus-lines is the system of Correspondances, or per¬
mission to change from one line to another. Thus, if no omnibus
go in the direct route to the passenger's destination from the part of
Paris in which he is, he may demand from the conductor, on paying
his fare, a correspondance for the line which will convey him thither.
He will then receive a ticket (no charge), and on arriving at the
point where the two lines cross, the conductor will call out the
name of the line to which he has to change. Here he proceeds to
the omnibus-bureau, receives a number, which, without additional
payment, entitles him to a seat in the first available omnibus going
in the desired direction, and finally gives up his ticket to the con¬
ductor of the latter immediately on entering. If he does not answer
to his number when called, he loses his right to correspondance.
Outside-passengers are not entitled to correspondance unless they
pay full fare (30 c). The bureau de correspondance is not invariably
the same as the office at which the passenger alights, but is some¬
times a little way off.
Mail Coaches in the English style ply in summer as follows: to Ver¬
sailles, 'Daily Messenger' coach at 10 a.m. from Rue St. Honord 166 (return
fare 15 fr., box-seat 5 fr. extra); Cook's coach from Place de l'Opera 1 (same
time and fares); 'Magnet' Coach from Avenue de l'Ope'ra 49, daily at 10.45
a.m. (same fares).
Chars - & - banc or ' Tapissitres'' ply through the boulevards and other
streets during the days of the races to convey passengers to the race¬