GETTING TO CIRM BY PLANE
If you arrive at Marseille-Provence Airport (LFML)
Option 1: Taxi
If money is no object, then a direct taxi to Cirm is the easiest and most comfortable way. It takes about 55 mns on average. You need to budget between 80 to 100 EUR one way.
Note that Cirm does not pay for any taxi fare and that some taxis may not have credit card facilities.
Option 2: Marseille airport shuttle bus and public transport
You can reach Cirm by public transport easily for under 15 EUR one way. It takes between 1 hour and 1.5 hours. You will first need to use a shuttle bus then the underground and finally a bus.
You first need to travel to Gare Saint-Charles Railway & Coach station.
You then need to travel from Gare Saint-Charles to the Campus of Luminy where Cirm is situated.
TAXI: From the railway station to Cirm you can choose to take a taxi to the Luminy campus (distance 11km, cost around 35 to 45 EUR according to the time of day). Note that Cirm does not pay for any taxi fares.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: You can use the "Metro" (underground) line 2 then get on bus B1 or 21J. If you did not purchase a combined airport-city transport ticket, note that the cost of a single ticket covering both Metro and Bus is about 2€ from a machine in the underground or bought on the bus. You will need to have some change. You can also purchase a Marseille Pass (24-48-72 hours or buy a 10-journey pass for around 15 EUR).
A) Metro line 2 + Bus B1 or 21J
B) Metro line 2 + Bus 24 (less frequent)
Monday to Friday (6 am to 9 pm): Bus lines serve the heart of the Campus. The last stop (called 'Campus Luminy') is located directly in front of the entrance to Cirm's new building.
Monday to Friday (before 6 am and after 9 pm), Saturday, Sunday, public
holiday and summer: buses terminate at the entrance gate of the campus (Bus stop called 'Luminy PN des Calanques'). From there, it is a 6-minute walk to Cirm just up the main road. There are signs to direct you.
What to do if you arrive after 21:45 at Gare Saint-Charles
If you arrive after 21:45, the easiest is to catch Night bus number 521 directly from "Gare Saint Charles" (Railway station) all the way to the last stop "Luminy PN des Calanques" then walk to Cirm (6-minute walk just up the main road). If the main gate of the university entrance is shut, tell the person on duty that you are coming to Cirm and they will open the gate. You can normally enter the campus on foot at any time of day or night.