GETTING TO CIRM BY CAR
This is the way
"Marseille is a city oriented North-South for all directions, with the sea is the West side. CIRM is situated within the University campus called "LUMINY" and more particularly within the Science Faculty (Faculté des Sciences). This campus is located in the South end of Marseille, near the local road leading to Cassis (not the motorway).
If you arrive from the West (Motorway A55 "Littoral"), or Motorway A50, or from the North (Motorway A7), the easiest is to drive through the underpass/tunnel called "Tunnel Prado-Carénage" then drive through the "Prado-sud" tunnel/underpass and come out at Stade Vélodrome / Mazargues.
The combined ticket lets you drive through several tunnels and costs about 4.50€ but saves a lot of time!
From the East (Motorway A50) you can exit at "Marseille Centre", in the direction of "La Capelette". Then follow the general directions below.
From the "Stade Vélodrome", or from "La Capelette", follow signs to Mazargues, Luminy or Cassis. They all send you in the correct direction. You will come to quite a large roundabout with an Obelisque standing in the middle in Mazargues. Continue on the main large road towards Luminy and Cassis from there. (You will see the double buses going to Luminy drive that way).
After a few kilometers, you will arrive at a roundabout showing the directions Luminy straight ahead and Cassis to the left. Follow "Luminy" for about 1 km and you will arrive at the Faculté des Sciences and its main entrance gate (pictured on the photo of the campus as "Entrée du Campus"). You will see the Bus terminals in front).
Follow the red itinerary illustrated on the photo (the way is signposted with "CIRM" signs when you get to the campus).
NB: If the gate is shut (usually after 21:00 and week-ends) please tell the security guard on duty that you are going to CIRM. They will either let you in immediately or will call the person on duty at CIRM to check first.
Car parking at CIRM
Please park your car in the very first car park you see just after the main entrance sign for CIRM. The car parks at the top of the side road (down from the Bastide and by the Library) are reserved for staff members.