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San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour provided by VIP City Bus

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour
4.5
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About
This city tour provides a bird’s eye view of San Jose enhanced with an authentic cultural experience with on-board folkloric music. The tour includes guided city walks in important historic landmarks like the National Theater, the National Monument and San Jose’s Central Market, Gold Museum and others. It is also important to mention that our tour has been declared of “cultural interest” by the Ministry of Culture of Costa Rica.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 36475P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
5h
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.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No Health restrictions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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.
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No Health restrictions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Apr. 5, 2021
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
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
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Central Market (Mercado Central)
    Stop: 25 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Plaza de la Libertad Electoral
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    VIP City Bus
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    See details
    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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Popular mentions

4.5
62 reviews
Excellent
33
Very good
19
Average
7
Poor
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Terrible
2

Barbara K
Corfu, NY25 contributions
Worth it
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Maureen J
8 contributions
This was a great introduction to San Jose, Costa Rica
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

brian c
Port Charlotte, FL64 contributions
Tour cancelled last minute, waste of time
Aug. 2021 • Solo
I was waiting to be picked up on the day of my tour but nobody showed up.
I called and they told me they cancelled the tour because not enough people.
Wasted half the day.
Friends told me not to waste my time in San Jose but I wanted to try and learn more about the city.
After walking on my own a few days I have to agree with my friends. San Jose doesn’t have much to offer tourists.
Written August 22, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alex R
2 contributions
Great, quick and easy!
Jun. 2021
Great way to get a glimpse of San Jose and some of the history of Costa Rica. The tour guide Sergio was very knowledgeable and the driver Ivan was excellent. Pickup was timely and the tour was well planned. A must do if you are staying in San Jose.
Written June 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ed Canto
Chicago, IL13 contributions
This should be your first TOUR!
May 2021
This was a great experience. It helped me appreciate more about the history and the culture of CR. Although there are only a few of us, we were able to make the best out of it. The rain did not stop us from exploring the city. Very nice tour!
Written May 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

SandyBeachGrl
1 contribution
Glad We Took This Tour
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Aline D
Baltimore, MD31 contributions
Good
Apr. 2021 • Solo
It was a really good tour to learn more about Costa Rica and the tour guide was really nice. It would have been better if we had time to buy fruits at the marketplace. Overall good, but the food for lunch wasn't
Written April 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Anja Rogerts
2 contributions
Nice service but the food was not very good!
Mar. 2021
The guide is good, the service is good but the food was terrible, really details like this can make the tour stop being pleasant.
Written March 27, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Richard T
Katy, TX8 contributions
San Jose Highlights Bus Tour
Feb. 2020
As our organized tour did not include San Jose, we flew in early to get a taste of Costa Rica's capital. We took the mid-day tour, which included hotel pick-up in Cariari.

The tour includes all the famous highlights except Parque Central. Two things affected our tour, the first being a late start at the former SJO Terminal/Art Museum due to the late arrival of the tour guide. The other being traffic congestion bordering on grid lock, which affected our return leg (and the schedule for the afternoon-evening tour). If such traffic is normal for the February "high season", stick with the mid-day tour.

Our guide was well informed and English language fluent. The bus facility was in good condition, but not air conditioned. The on-bus musical performances were very nice. The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum is outstanding. One highlight was learning of USA William Walker's attempt to establish domain over Central America in the mid-1850s. Oddly, his downfall was largely due to the misappropriation of Cornelius Vanderbilt's Nicaragua ferry system - established to shunt west coast gold seekers to San Francisco.

I only give it 4 stars due to the late start.
Written March 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Trudy R
1 contribution
Very Nice Way to start learning about Costa Rica
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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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.
492empresst
492empresst
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Cool
It was pretty cool. Got to see the city learn about the history of the people and the land. Lunch was good too. Oh
34joyceh
34joyceh
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Vacation
Very nice 👍 great education and experience.good lunch, worth the money. I would recommend. Have fun.
frequentflyer822019
frequentflyer822019
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Great tour with dinner
I was impressed with the city tour because you really get alot in without it taking the whole day out of you. The s
R8978GTantonior
R8978GTantonior
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Half Day San José VIP City Bus Tour with lunch.
I booked this tour because of Gray Line’s reputation. Unfortunately, the Costa Rican local provider: VIP City Bus d
CristinaJaimeAlvarez
CristinaJaimeAlvarez
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Excellent historical information
If you are looking visit the most popular sites In San Jose, VIP bus tour is the place to go. They were very knowle
DL2010Litleton_CO
DL2010Litleton_CO
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Interesting, Informative and Fun
We (my husband and sister-in-law and I) wanted to learn more about the culture and history of Costa Rica. Sergio,
texican_in_DC
texican_in_DC
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I learned a LOT
A colleague and I were in Costa Rica for work and had a free afternoon/evening, so we booked the dinner version of
RoatanGetawayTours
RoatanGetawayTours
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Very disappointed! Not worth the money!
This is very disappointing to think such a beautiful country and has so much to offer and they would take you to a
Lkjh0987
Lkjh0987
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Waste of time and money
We were picked up, drove around for half an hour dropping people off, had a talk in the old airport building, then
KenVicLee
KenVicLee
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A Big Dissapointment
You have one day to see San Jose. You book a city tour with VIP. They fail to pick you up at the appointented time
gbillias
gbillias
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Dispute in charges
First of all, the San Jose luncheon bus tour was excellent! The tour guide and musician who entertained the group o
daremejclc
daremejclc
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Best Way To See San José Costa Rica
This is by far one of the best guided tours I’ve ever taken. From start to finish, everyone was professional and f
303chrissie
303chrissie
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Not long enough stops
We were on this vip city tour as part of our package of touring Costa Rica, the guide was very informative. but som
Margaret B
Margaret B
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Great day trip!
With limited time in the city before our nature adventure, we chose to take this overview of the city. We saw a wi
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