GETTING TO CIRM BY TRAIN OR COACH
Arriving at Gare Saint-Charles railway / coach station
From the railway station to CIRM you can choose to take a taxi to the Luminy campus (distance 11km, costing from 35 to 45€ according to the time of day). Note that CIRM does not pay for any taxi fares.
You can contact the Accommodation Officer if you would like to arrange for a taxi in advance.
The alternative is to use the "Metro" (underground) for about 15 minutes then get on bus 21 or 921 "JET bus" (fast but only running during term time). The cost of a single ticket covering both means of transport is about 1,50€ from a machine in the underground or 1,80 € if bought on the bus (or about 13€ for a 10-journey pass). If you intend to buy individual tickets, you will need some change.
What to do once you have bought your ticket:
Get on "Metro" line 2 (red) in the direction "Ste Marguerite-Dromel". Get off at "Rond-Point du Prado" (last but one stop on the line) and come out of the underground station through the left entrance. Cross the large avenue and take Bus Number 921 JET BUS (fast but only running during term time) or Bus 21 (normal) all the way to the terminus called "Luminy". Travel lasts about 25-40 minutes. CIRM is then located 8 minutes on foot from the bus stop, once you’ve entered through the main gate of the campus. There are signs to direct you.
If you arrive after 21:45, the easiest is to catch Night bus number 521 directly from "Gare St Charles" all the way to the last stop "Luminy" then walk to CIRM as detailed above. If the entrance gate to the campus is shut, tell the person on duty that you are going to CIRM and they will open the gate.
An alternative solution by daytime is to continue on Metro 2 till the last stop called "Ste Marguerite Dromel" and catch Bus number 24 to Luminy.
SNCF: RAIL EUROPE
RTM: ALL MARSEILLE TRANSPORT
METRO 2 (from station to bus stop)
BUS 21 timetable (from city to CIRM)
BUS 921 JET timetable (fast but only during term time)
BUS 521 (night bus direct from train station to Luminy)