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San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

San Jose, Costa Rica

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more


Explore the Costa Rican capital’s rich history, landmark buildings, and modern culture on a combo bus and walking tour of San Jose. Get a great introduction to city highlights like the National Theater and Art Museum, and stop to walk through bustling markets and public plazas to feel the pulse of this modern Central American metropolis. Get an extra boost of Costa Rican culture by listening to traditional folkloric music onboard the bus.
  • Combo bus and walking sightseeing tour of San Jose
  • Discover the history and highlights of Costa Rica's capital city
  • Admire the architecture of the National Theater and other landmark buildings
  • Stroll among local vendors and shoppers at the Central Market
  • Listen to Costa Rican folkloric music on the bus
  • Great way to get both an overview and a closer look at the city's culture
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional art historian guide
Live commentary on board
Local guide
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

10:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No Health restrictions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vip City Bus (City tour)

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What is the maximum group size during San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "There were about 5 stops and lunch was fine but probably not worth the extra 20.00 charged for adding lunch to the tour." See review
  • "Be prepared to spent 40 min to 75 min on the mini bus collecting passengers from hotels, the more hotels, the longer the ride." See review
  • "This is more a bus tour than a bus walking tour." See review


78 Reviews
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Pity about the traffic
, Mar 2020
I found the tour of SAN José very interesting. However, we were staying at the DoubleTree Hotel, which is a little out of town. It took 1 hour to get from the hotel to the start point and 2 hours to get from the end of the tour back to the hotel. I appreciate that this was due to heavy traffic, and nothing to do with the tour company. However, it made it a very long day, for what was, a half day tour.
Not great - Missed the important stops and didn't slow down for the ones we did pass.
, Mar 2020
The tour bus drove around so quickly that we often couldn't get photos even out of the window of monuments, buildings, churches etc so there wasn't much point in the tour. They also completely missed several major monuments like the Liberty monument and the Children's Museum. The ride itself was very short as well.
Awesome Tour
, Feb 2020
Great highlights and overview; Walking tour gave essence of local living. Awesone lunch and very knowledgeable guide... Highly recommend!
Knowledgeable guide.
, Feb 2020
Be prepared to spent 40 min to 75 min on the mini bus collecting passengers from hotels...the more hotels, the longer the ride. Once assembled at the soccer field, the tour on the red double decker bus begins. Sergio our guide was most impressive of his history knowledge. From then on it was a good tour. Hits the highlights of old San José. Enjoyed the Gold Museum.
, Feb 2020
Everything about this particular tour was outstanding. From receiving an email advising me of what time was pick up at the hotel and having them show up early was fantastic. The guide himself provided us with plenty of information about every stop and was not rushing at all. Forgot his name. The musician on the bus was great as well. Overall everything was great. Highly recommend this tour
Great tour
, Feb 2020
First time in San Jose, was a great way to see the city Guides were entertaining and very knowledgeable. Great value for money
Great mix of all San Jose has to offer!
, Feb 2020
I was unsure how this tour was going to be but it exceeded my and my family’s expectations. Gabriel our tour guide had a fun engaging personality. He shared snippets of history, art, stories of Costa Rica and cultural items with zest. We covered a lot of ground between the bus and walking but it was just the right amount of both. I have food allergies and the tour was very accommodating with them. Seeing San Jose was wonderful!!
, Feb 2020
This is more a bus tour than a bus walking tour. Maybe a little over priced .The tour leader was Knowledgeable . My pick up time was between 0900-1000 but the actual time was 1025. .This is a large window of wasted time
Nice tour but a little more English please
, Jan 2020
Guide and tour were great. I was a little disappointed at the amount of English spoken by the guide. There were 24 English speaking people and 3 Spanish speaking people. The majority of the speech spoken by the guide was Spanish.
Very nice and convenience the first day in San Jose!
InSoon F
, Jan 2020
I liked it, easy start and learn about the city. Many options to choose for lunch. Very polite and knowegeble English guide.

Product code: 36475P1

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