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The available transport services (plane, train, and motorway) make it very easy for you to reach the ITER site from Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Manosque.

Published on 25 January 2022

By plane (Marseille, Nice)

The nearest international airport is Marseille-Provence, about an hour's drive from the ITER site. The Marseille-Provence airport provides direct connections to several major international airports, including Paris, London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.
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The site is also accessible from the Nice International Airport, about two hours by car from the ITER site.
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By train

The nearest SNCF train stations are those in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille:

  • 'Marseille St. Charles' is about an hour away by car.
  • Aix-en-Provence / Arbois TGV is 55 minutes by car.
  • 'Aix-en-Provence centre' is a 40-minute drive away.

By bus (public transport)

  • Line 150 (between Aix-en-Provence and St-Paul-lez-Durance), a bus service to the ITER site.
  • The LER regional network, Bus 26, stops outside the CEA/Cadarache entrance located 3 kilometres from the ITER site; it leaves from Marseille-Provence airport and ends at the Manosque SNCF railway station. Bus 26 also stops at the Aix-en-Provence TGV station.
  •  Pays d'Aix Mobilité's 'Bus on Demand' services areas where the population density does not allow for a permanent bus route. The Bus-on-Demand only operates when there is a need. Around Aix-en-Provence, the Bus-on-Demand operates from Monday to Saturday from 6.30 am to 8.30 pm except on public holidays. 

Information on Bus à la demande Val de Durance Est.

By car

ITER can be reached :

  • From Aix, take the A51 motorway in the direction of Sisteron and take exit 17 (Vinon/St-Paul-lez-Durance).
  • From Manosque and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department: this requires crossing the Durance River. there are three possible routes indicated by yellow dotted lines on the map below:


  1. Via the motorway: take RD907, then A51 at the Manosque motorway toll and then take exit 17 (about 18 km) 

  2. Route R1: via RD907, RD4, RD554 and then RD952 (about 21 km through Vinon-sur-Verdon) 

  3. Route R2: via RD4096, RD 996 and RD952 (about 28 km through Saint-Paul-lez-Durance).

The EDF dam route is open for light vehicles only on Monday to Friday in the morning (6:45 - 9:30 am) and in the direction of the ITER site, and in the afternoon (16:30- 18:30) in the direction of Manosque; you must pay a badge subscription to be authorised to use this route.


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