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San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

By VIP City Bus
from
C$100.27
per adult
from
C$100.27
per adult

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Ages 0-85, max of 25 per group
Duration:5h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
English, Spanish


  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - VIP City Bus
  • Entry/Admission - Museo de Arte Costarricense
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 36475P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No Health restrictions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour
  • At VIP City Bus our highest priority is your safety and wellness, this is why we have implemented all the protocols both mandatory and recommend by our Ministry of Health. These protocols include disinfect our Buses every Tour. At VIP City Bus your safety, and wellness is our priority.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour?
How much is San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour?
San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour price starts from C$97.38. Discover and book San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour cancellation policy?
San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour?
San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour is hosted by VIP City Bus. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact VIP City Bus on Tripadvisor. Discover and book San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 36475P1

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 2
    Central Market (Mercado Central)
    Stop: 25 minutes
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  • 3
    Plaza de la Libertad Electoral
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 4
    VIP City Bus
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
  • 5
    Museo de Arte Costarricense
    Stop: 25 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Y5043HSdavids
Y5043HSdavids
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amazing guide and driver
this was a great opportunity to see a few highlights of San Jose and to see where the locals shop and hang out on a
mrtpen05
mrtpen05
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Enjoyable time
I love this tour because of Jordan our tour guide as he made the tour entertaining and very informative.
drmegamente
drmegamente
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DEFINITELY WORTH EVERY PENNY!
Jordan is an outstanding guide, very knowledgeable about San José, fun to be around, and very proud of his city and
David G
David G
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Great excusion around SJO
The company VIP City bus is very professional. Collected us from courtyard marriot escszu on time and we met the bu
travelerx070
travelerx070
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Great guide and itenarary.
Jordan our guide was excellent. The driver of bus was as well. Always dropping us off and picking us up VERY close
TrailBlazer703006
TrailBlazer703006
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Introduction to San Jose
It was a nice introduction to San Jose on my first day of arrival. Jordan was funny and knowledgeable.
Y1237GNnatalier
Y1237GNnatalier
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Great tour of the city
We only had one day to spend in San Jose and are so glad we chose to do the city tour. Jordan Abarca was a great gu
L5809YWsarahs
L5809YWsarahs
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Horrible do not go
Worst tour I’ve ever taken. The tour guy, Jordan, was nice and great. However, Brian who runs the business was not
chriseE5439WJ
chriseE5439WJ
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Chill tour, good time.
We really enjoyed our tour from beginning to end. Maino picked us up from our hotel & was super personable. He took
Doran Lynn S
Doran Lynn S
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Awesome tour of San Jose highlights!
Great tour, very well managed, awesome tour guide (Jordan), and the pick up and drop off was very smooth and on tim
T8308UEjasminep
T8308UEjasminep
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Excellent Experience!
My favorite part of our tour was our tour guide Jordan#jor1155! For a young man he has a lot of wisdom and a great
alan6126
alan6126
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will not have one
I wanted to book this tour, but did not want to go to the checkout page to see the list of hotels we could be pick-
john730901
john730901
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San Jose up close and personal.
Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. She offered us a lot of insight of local life in San Jose. My favor
AgrawalSwati22
AgrawalSwati22
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Cancelled the day before
i booked this tour through chase travel portal in couple of days in advance and they cancelled it the day before sa
Marion C
Marion C
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Excellent
This was our first visit to San Jose. The tour was very comprehensive and worthwhile. We saw and learned so much.
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Barbara K
Corfu, NY33 contributions
Oct. 2021
Whenever I read about going to Costa Rica, I am left with the impression one should go anywhere but San Jose. I was in San Jose for two weeks and this tour really highlighted the vibrancy of the city. Covid19 is taken seriously in Costa Rica so masking, distancing, and hand hygiene were in place. Having a bilingual guide enhanced the experience. If you are going to Costa Rica and you are in San Jose for even one day, I highly recommend taking a VIP Bus Tour.
Written October 31, 2021
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SandyBeachGrl
2 contributions
May 2021
We really enjoyed our tour! We are typically not the double-decker bus tour types - we like to wander around and guide book our way through a city. However, with the current pandemic and our weak Spanish skills, we decided to spend the money and take a tour. We figured a tour company would know best what's open, what's not, and proper protocols for us to follow. We were promptly picked up at our hotel and the bus was very clean. Windows were open. We washed our hands at every stop. Mask required and no one had an issue with it - everyone had their mask on in the bus and at the stops, we visited. Sergio our guide was really great and very knowledgeable. He told great stories at each of the different points of interest and with a passion of a person who loves sharing the history and culture of Costa Rica. In the marketplace, his talk was very engaging and fun. He answered our many questions along the way as well. We were glad we made the decision to take this tour.
Written May 17, 2021
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Trudy R
1 contribution
Jan. 2020
We booked this tour in advance of arriving in Costa Rica and are so glad we did! Our guide was wonderful and we had a very nice tour of the city and learned so much. We had a wonderful guitar player and singer on the bus for part of the tour which made going from one stop to another very enjoyable. The tour was well run and it was great they pick you up promptly (even a few minutes early) and drop you off back at your hotel. We paid extra to have the lunch that is offered and highly recommend doing that.
Great tour that we recommend!
Written February 20, 2020
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PR
Dallas, TX83 contributions
Dec. 2021
My wife, son and I booked 8 nights in Costa Rica with the first 2 in San Jose. My wife was delayed a day due to passport issues, so my son and went ahead on our own. We booked the VIP San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour. It is a good tour. Getting to see the downtown and learning some history was great. Our tour guide, Jessie was very good. She did the tour in both Spanish and English flawlessly. She had a very good knowledge of the history of the city. Now, how the driver navigated the double decker bus on those small crowded streets is beyond me, but he did a great job. It seemed we went around in circles a bit, but that is because of all the one way streets. Overall, though, it was a great tour and you see most of what you need to see in San Jose in 5 hours. Lunch at a local restaurant was included.
Written December 20, 2021
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Maureen J
8 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Solo
This was a great introduction to San Jose, Costa Rica… the tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. This tour takes you around the city to several different must see points of interest. I didn’t know what to expect and I was thoroughly satisfied… and also made some friends here.
Written September 24, 2021
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LPopelka
Alameda, CA43 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
We had a great time on this tour, saw all the city highlights, and learned a lot about the history. The tour is a combination of bus and walking. We toured the Central Marketplace, the National Theatre, the old airport art museum, the gold museum, and Central Park, to name a few.

Our guide, Sergio, was knowledgeable, spoke perfect English, and guided us through each attraction. There was also a singer/guitar player provided by the tour company to keep us entertained on the bus. Lunch was very good - much better than what you normally get on these type of tours, a good quality local restaurant. The tour price included entry to all attractions.
Written February 6, 2020
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Gretchen D
9 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Couples
I loved the central market! What a fascinating experience. I only wish we had more time to spend there. The gold museum was beautiful and interesting and the lunch was delicious. Learning about the history of the country was so educational and I just can’t say enough about this tour. Jordan was a fantastic tour guide, and I would highly recommend any tourist take this tour. You won’t regret it!
Written December 1, 2022
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joncen
Las Vegas, NV108 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Couples
Jess was a super guide! Tremendous historical knowledge of city, country, and all things Central America. She easily switched back and forth between English and Spanish so that everyone understood. She was professional yet personable, and it was clear that she loved her work.
Written June 7, 2022
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Amrita D
Coquitlam, Canada28 contributions
Our tour guide Alejandro was super knowledgeable about Costa Rican history and relayed in an interesting manner, interspersed humor, anecdotes and facts. His Englush is excellent and would highly recommend it. No hills, no stairs...completely accessible.
Written April 5, 2022
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Esther G
London, UK68 contributions
Nov. 2022
My hotel Hilton Garden Inn Santa Ana booked me on this tour. I wasnt sure what to expect but the tour guide Jordan is excellent and has a great knowledge of the topic and his enthusiasm is contagious :-)
Ours was a small private tour which was excellent, during the walking tour although the market etc is very busy Jordan made sure that it was all a very enjoyable experience for all of us. I loved the National theatre and the pre colombian gold museum and learnt a liot. We ended with a very enjoyable Costa Rican lunch.
My thanks to Jordan (tour guide) and Ivor (driver) for such a great experience.
Written November 16, 2022
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