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This post has all the information needed to take a tour of the United Nations Headquarters, including tips on how to get there, tickets and on nearby sights.
GUIDED TOURS OF THE U.N.
Their guided tours are a great way to learn more about the organization and its contributions to the world order.
Tours are offered Monday-Friday, between 9:30 am and 4:45 pm and last between 45 minutes and an hour. There are NO WEEKEND TOURS. The Visitors Center is open on the weekends, but you will not be able to see any other areas of the building.
Tours are offered in the six official languages of the United Nations, which are: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian. Tours are also sometimes offered in German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Swedish. If for some reason a booked language tour is not available when you arrive, the tour will be conducted in English.
About the Guides
Other things to do at the United Nations
You can also dine alongside UN delegates at the Delegates Dining Room. You must make a reservation by calling 1-917-367-3314. For a less expensive meal, try the casual Visitor’s Café in the Visitor’s Center.
HOW TO GET TICKETS
Tickets can be purchased online at the UN’s Visitor Center website page. Tickets are sold through this site via an online vendor. (If you purchase with a credit card, Vendini Tickets is the name that will appear on your statement.)
Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Visitors Center for the next available tour that day. Because of limited availability, it is strongly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
Prices as of 2018 (Add $2 if you purchase tickets online).
Planning your Visit
GETTING TO THE UNITED NATIONS
The Visitor Entrance is at First Avenue and 46th Street.
You can use this link to Google Maps to get exact directions from your departure location to the U.N.
By bus: The crosstown M42 bus heading east. The Uptown M15 bus along 1st Avenue stops in front of the U.N.
By subway: Take the 4/5/6 trains to Grand Central-42nd Street Station). Exit Grand Central Station on 42nd Street (look for signs that say “42nd Street Exit”. Once on the street, you can walk along 42nd Street to 1st Avenue and then walk north 4 blocks to the Visitor Entrance. If you don’t want to walk from Grand Central, you can take the M42 bus heading east on 42nd Street. It is a free transfer from the subway.
By ferry: The East River ferry has a stop at 34th Street and 1st Avenue. It costs the same as the subway and you will have fantastic views during your ride. See our post about the East River Ferry.
By car: We advise you to not drive to the UN, as there is no visitor parking and traffic in Midtown is very heavy.
NEARBY SIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES
You may want to link your trip to the United Nations with a few other activities in the area.