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Visiting ITER

Visit Agenda

Visitors are welcome all year round at ITER. The visit program is tailored to the type of group. An ITER site visit generally includes:

  • A stop at the belvedere of the Visitor Centre with its panoramic view of the construction platform
  • A chat around the mockups in the Visitor Centre (ITER Tokamak and site infrastructure)
  • A presentation on the ITER Project
  • A drive on the ITER platform (subject to platform access conditions on the day of your visit)


Visits last one hour or more (depending on the program of the visit and the size of the group). Visits are free of charge (except for the bus hire costs).

 

Please note all tours are subject to platform conditions and modifications without prior notice.

Open Doors Days

ITER regularly opens its doors to the public.

Organized in close collaboration with the European Domestic Agency, Fusion for Energy, the ITER Open Doors days are a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the ITER Project and to tour the massive construction works currently underway in Saint Paul-lez-Durance.

Educative videos, slideshows, mockups, conferences, and guided tours will be arranged all throughout the day.

Open Door Days are typically organized in spring and autumn (on Saturday).

Keep your eye on the Events section of the ITER website for the date of the next Open Doors Day!

Subscribe to our Open Doors Day Mailing list

Stay informed about the ITER Open Doors sessions and be among the first to subscribe to the next event.
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PASSPORT OR NATIONAL ID CARD MANDATORY ON THE DAY OF VISIT, NO DRIVER'S LICENCE ALLOWEDFOR MORE INFO, FAQS
NO SKIRTS, SHORTS OR HIGH HEELS ARE PERMITTED TO BE WORN ON THE WORKSITE.FOR MORE INFO, FAQS
GROUPS OF MORE THAN 7 VISITORS MUST RESERVE A BUS FOR THEIR VISITSFOR MORE INFO, FAQS
HAVE QUESTIONS? OUR FAQ DATABASE PROVIDES THE INFORMATION YOU NEED ABOUT VISITSFOR MORE INFO, FAQS
The ITER site is located off of the A51 motorway that links Aix-en-Provence and the French Alps—approximately 35 km north of Aix-en-Provence and 20 km south of Manosque. 

Heading north from Aix in the direction of Sisteron, take exit 17 (Vinon/St-Paul-lez-Durance). At the first roundabout after the toll, turn left (past the CEA entrance) and continue along the D952 roadway towards Vinon-sur-Verdon. You will need to drive several kilometres to reach the ITER worksite entrance (for site visits) or ITER Headquarters.

After 2.2 km, at the second roundabout, continue straight and follow the sign to ITER Headquarters

The main entrances to ITER are located at the third roundabout (see map above):

  • the entrance to the ITER worksite (first right off the roundabout, Entrance B)
  • the entrance to ITER Headquarters (second right off the roundabout, Entrance C)
If you are scheduled for an ITER site visit, please take the first right to Entrance B ("Construction Site") and park your car. Your guide will meet you there.

If you are expected at ITER Headquarters, please take the second right through the gates (Entrance C), park your car in the Visitor Parking Lot, and proceed by foot to the Welcome Building to pick up your badge.

There are two public buses that run from Aix-en-Provence to where ITER is located. The CPA lines 150 (Aix-en-Provence--St Paul lez Durance) and 152 (Pertuis--St Paul lez Durance) stop directly in front of ITER.

The LER line 26 from the Marseille-Provence Airport to Digne-les-Bains stops at the front gate of CEA Cadarache, three kilometres from ITER Headquarters. It also serves the Aix TGV train station.

Major train stations are located in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille:

Smaller train stations are located in Manosque, Meyrargues and Pertuis. For further information please consult www.sncf.com.

The closest international airport is Marseille-Provence located in Marignane, approximately 1 hour by car from the ITER site. The airport has direct connections with many large international hubs: Paris, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam. Information can be found on www.marseille.aeroport.fr.

A second international airport is located in Nice, approximately 2 hours by car from the ITER site. Information can be found at www.nice.aeroport.fr.
ITER Headquarters (GPS coordinates: 43.712332° N 5.774817° E 971 ft)