Travel and Transportation
Transportation to New York City
Schools travel from all over the world to NHSMUN and typically make their own travel arrangements. For your planning purposes, our programming begins in the afternoon of Day 1 of the conference (either Friday, March 8 or Wednesday, March 13, depending upon which session you attend). Some schools will participate in their mission briefings during this first afternoon, and we also run several training and preparation sessions throughout the afternoon. Additionally, we run optional training sessions the day prior to the start of the conference (Thursday, March 7 or Tuesday, March 12). Many schools travel to New York a day or two early to participate in and attend these sessions or to conduct other cultural or sightseeing activities; you can reserve your hotel rooms during these days as well. Sessions include training on rules of procedure, tips and tricks for effective committee participation, public speaking, drafting resolutions, and networking/collaborating across caucus blocs, among others.
On Day 1, after mission briefings and training sessions, opening ceremonies will take place in the early evening, followed by the first committee session. On Day 2 (Saturday, March 9 or Thursday, March 14), we feature another time slot for mission briefings (schools will be offered one or the other depending upon the Permanent Mission’s availability and operating hours), and committee sessions, alternate speakers presentations, and subject matter expert seminars will take place that afternoon and evening. On Day 3 (Sunday, March 10 or Friday, March 15), the final two committee sessions are held, followed by a delegate social event and dance. On Day 4 (Monday, March 11 or Saturday, March 16), a plenary session and closing ceremonies with committee presentations will be held in the morning.
Traveling to the New York Hilton Midtown
The New York Hilton is located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave.), between West 53rd and West 54th Streets. 53rd Street runs westbound and 54th Street runs eastbound. LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is 8 miles away, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is 17 miles away, and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is 15 miles away; Grand Central Station is 15 minutes across town; Penn Station is 15 minutes downtown, and Port Authority is 10 minutes downtown. There are multiple options for traveling from each airport or station to the hotel, including shuttles, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and private vehicles.
Traveling to the United Nations Headquarters
You can reach the United Nations Headquarters by using various forms of public transportation. If you want to use the subway, use the 4, 5, 6, 7, or S lines to get to Grand Central Station, then walk east on 42nd Street to 1st Avenue. The M15 and M42 buses also have a stop at the United Nations HQ. A taxi ride from the New York Hilton to the United Nations Headquarters usually costs approximately $10-15. Split between 4 occupants, many find this option to be efficient and affordable. Assuming the weather is pleasant, most of our schools choose to walk to and from the New York Hilton and the United Nations Headquarters.