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Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup
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Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup

By VIP City Bus
About
Explore the capital of Costa Rica without having to worry about transportation or security issues with this evening bus tour. Board a double-decker bus with great views and pass by more than 25 local highlights, with stops for guided tours at some of San Jose's most important monuments and museums.
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C$106.06
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Ages 3-70, max of 25 per group
Duration: 5h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Dinner is included in the price of the tour
  • Travel in a double-decker bus with live commentary on board
  • An English-speaking guide will lead the way
  • Round-trip transfers from your hotel will be provided

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Dinner
  • Round trip Transportation to your hotel
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Entry/Admission - Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
What's not included
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • beers


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Every Hotels around San José Costa Rica
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 36475P2

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Most travellers can participate
        • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • 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.

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        How much is Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup?
        Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup price starts from C$104.09. Discover and book Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup on Tripadvisor
        What is the Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup cancellation policy?
        Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup on Tripadvisor
        Which company provides Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup?
        Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup is hosted by VIP City Bus. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact VIP City Bus on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup 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: 36475P2

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        • VIP City Bus
          301
          San Jose, Costa Rica
          Joined in January 2015
        • I1133MRnicks
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          City walk in SJU
          Good tour, awesome guide who knows the area and history. I do recommend bringing a small bag in case you want things from the gift shops and to store your personal items.
          Written May 23, 2024
        • BobbyPrince99
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Good City Tour
          This was a good tour and a way to get a lot of information about San Jose's history and identity! Hector was an awesome tour guide and very helpful.
          Written April 27, 2024
        • crocettesontour
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great value and very informative
          Great day and well worth every penny. Pick up on time and Jessie our guide was BRILLIANT! LEARNT SO MUCH about San Jose and can highly recommend the trip- lunch was delicious too!
          Written April 25, 2024
        • dimuu
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour, a nice experience
          In October 2023 we went to Costa Rica for the Caribbean carnival in Limón and to visit the capital San José. We booked the San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour, to see some of the landmarks of the city San José. It's quite an expensive tour to be honest, so you expect more. They picked us up on time at the hotel, even before the scheduled time as we were still having breakfast and the driver nicely waited a few minutes for us. All in all it was a good experience and the music in the bus was nice. A little more freedom and time at the central market would've been nice to see more of the market to get familiar with their tropical fruits and vegetables. The food at the restaurant, at the end of the tour for lunch, was very good.
          Written April 23, 2024
        • barbiecakes
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wish I did a different tour!
          Well, they almost left me on the bus since I'm disabled and am slow. The guide spoke way too fast and also didn't want until I got to the spot where he was talking. I used to be a tour guide so I understand what it is all about.
          Written March 20, 2024
        • jaynecY8310HP
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Definitely must take this tour
          Excellent tour and our guide was wonderful. Definitely worth doing this guided tour to understand the history and culture.
          Written March 16, 2024
        • Andy_15911
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          San Jose Bus tour
          The information was interesting but the guide spoke in English very fast so it was a little hard to understand. Bus was comfortable and the stops were fun. Especially liked the market but could not visit the teatro which was disappointing.
          Written March 16, 2024
        • ellenv800
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          A bit Disappointing
          I really enjoyed the art museum and the gold museum. Lunch was tasty. I was incredibly disappointed at the central market something that everybody writes above says you have to go and see. it was a waste of time. The market was crowded and smelled of fish, and meat and urine - disgusting. Unfortunately the guide was focussed on getting us to the souvenir shop, which would give us a 10% discount on prices that were already highly inflated. I’m sure there is an arrangement where by the tour company gets a kickback on items purchased. One of the best parts of the tour was a stop at the National Parque where there was a cool arts festival but only 15 mins. This was my least favourite tour in Costa Rica.
          Written March 16, 2024
        • Exploration816143
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Perfect for female solo traveler
          Enjoyed the day. It was just enough to see the city. Tour guide was very interesting, just enough info to keep my attention. If you want a quick tour this is definitely way to go.
          Written March 15, 2024
        • kalener2024
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great tour
          This is a perfect tour it it’s your first time in San Jose and or you’re here for a short time. You see most of the important sites and also see a part of the local area.
          Written March 9, 2024
        • W8070VXteresaf
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Ok but better tours are available.
          It was enjoyable but we did a walking tour the next day and learned so much more abut San Jose. And we saw some beautiful areas that I feel like the walking/bus tour should’ve showed us. We did enjoy the Gold museum very much. It was and tour but I think an historical walking tour was better.
          Written March 2, 2024
        • P7034BVdavidp
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Rushed
          Itinerary was good but museum visits were all too short. Disappointed we only saw the lobby at the opera house. Time was wasted because of inaccurate signup list.
          Written March 1, 2024
        • macroprez13
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent Overview & Introduction to Costa Rica & San Jose
          Sergio was an excellent guide. He led a relaxing tour of San Jose's highlights. Saw everything listed on the itinerary. Highly recommended if you have just one day.
          Written February 7, 2024
        • Scenic48760686820
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Overview of San Jose
          Sergio was an amazing guide, knowledgable and eager to share his love of history and culture. Very small group so that was a plus.
          Written February 6, 2024
        • Odyssey213027
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Just as described
          Very informative. A great lunch at a famous restaurant. Double decker bus was fun. Great tour director, Very knowledgable.
          Written January 31, 2024
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        4.0
        4.0 of 5 bubbles43 reviews
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        AgrawalSwati22
        Miami, FL22 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2021
        i booked this tour through chase travel portal in couple of days in advance and they cancelled it the day before saying they don't have enough people to run the tour. This is not acceptable . I was there in san Jose just for the evening and did not plan for any other activity. I could not get any other tour on such a short notice. I am very disappointed. you cant cancel the tour just the day before.
        Written December 2, 2021
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        Roy E
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2023
        Jordan shows you interesting parts of San Jose you probably would never find on your own, and he's wonderfully charming and informative on a million different topics. San Jose is big and confusing but VIP has organized a tour that makes sure you see what you need to see. Ivan the driver appeared by magic at just the right time to bring us to the next stop on the tour. We really enjoyed it.
        They were also super convenient, picked us up at our hotel near the airport and dropped us off at the hotel at the end. We made the reservation the reservation the same day as the tour.
        Written January 9, 2023
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        DG
        Bishops Stortford, UK16 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The company VIP City bus is very professional. Collected us from courtyard marriot escszu on time and we met the bus with absolute precision timing.
        Jordan the guide is excellent fun and a very proud Costa Rican and rightly so ! . Ivan he driver really nice too.
        Art museum interesting as the market place.
        Dinner is at a local bar pub and good 👍.
        Well worth the trip. The afternoon trip was from 3pm to 8pm . It is a bit long but that is due the traffic conditions.
        Book it !
        Written November 11, 2022
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        Valerie R
        Portland40 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2023
        Jordan (JJ) and the driver and the gentleman that played his guitar and sang were fantastic. (Mina and Rodolfo I think). Sorry. I should have taken better notes. Jordan is so passionate about his country's history and he knows it so well. There was not a single moment that I was bored or didn't learn something valuable. I also had an absolutely great time enjoying all that San Jose has to offer, from dinner, shopping, sightseeing and more. This tour is definitely worth more than the cost. We did the VIP City Afternoon Tour with Dinner / Tour. There were 3 in my group and we were joined by 2 from Canada and 2 from Mexico. We all had a grand time. Thanks Jordan, Mina and Rodolfo. Man I hope have your names correct. :)
        Written January 26, 2023
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        Natalie
        5 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2022 • Friends
        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 guide who was very knowledgeable and personable. Our group felt like we were touring the city with a friend. Definitely recommend if you’re in San Jose.
        Written September 4, 2022
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        travelerx070
        Buffalo, NY40 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jordan our guide was excellent. The driver of bus was as well. Always dropping us off and picking us up VERY close to sites, they also provided umbrellas when it rained! The meal was authentic and good but not spectacular but certainly was what I expected.
        Written November 5, 2022
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        MIchelle M
        1 contribution
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        The musician on the bus was really good, the guide was kind and informative. It was mostly a drive by pointing out sites that I really wanted to see. I would have liked more time and freedom in the central market to make more purchases and get some coffee. I also would have enjoyed a stop at the lovely church.
        Written July 7, 2023
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        john730901
        Summerville, SC1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2022 • Friends
        Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. She offered us a lot of insight of local life in San Jose.
        My favorite part was just enjoying the sights from the top of the double decker bus. Having a a delicious Costa Rican style dinner at the end was the icing on the cake.
        Written January 17, 2022
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        Johnny B
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2023 • Couples
        Sergio our guide was excellent…Very knowledgeable and passionate. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend in San Jose this is your tour. It’s long enough and will cover most of SJ’s points of interest. Even thou the museum is small it was very charming and full of Costa Rica history. The “Mercado Central” is fascinating if you like old, historic type of market place…my wife and both loved it! It felt if you were back on the day!!!…with lots of traditional foods, clothing, and souvenirs. Ended up with a nice very traditional meal. The tour gave us a sense of the local culture and atmosphere. Sergio made that happened!!! Great Job!!!!
        Written February 4, 2023
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        Sarah S
        1 contribution
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2022 • Family
        Worst tour I’ve ever taken. The tour guy, Jordan, was nice and great. However, Brian who runs the business was not accommodating. We had a flight the same day and Brian told us to take the tour and we would be back on time. We sat in the shuttle for 2 hours waiting to pick up other people from their hotels before we could even get to ours. We wasted our entire day being shuttled in the back of a van. Horrible experience and would not recommend this tour to anyone. Please find another tour. Everything we visited was free anyway and you would do better by visiting these spots on your own.
        Written June 22, 2022
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        You bought the tour to hotel bellman’s and he never explained you the tour is 10:30 am to 3:00 pm, you expected we take you to your hotel 2:00 pm, not is private tour for take you directly to your hotel.
        Written August 22, 2022
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