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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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Tour snapshot
Duration:
5h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
25
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
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
What to expect
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.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 36475P1
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
  • Traveler 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
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
  • Traveler 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
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 sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • 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 sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
73 reviews
Excellent
42
Very good
19
Average
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Terrible
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Barbara K
Corfu, NY25 contributions
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
1 contribution
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
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
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
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
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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joncen
Las Vegas, NV108 contributions
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, Canada27 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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Hilary S
Manhattan, KS5 contributions
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the tour guide. I felt safe, made friends, laughed and enjoyed the experience. I also stayed (after asking permission) downtown. I was too afraid to go by myself but after the tour I felt comfortable to enjoy the city. I stayed close and got a taxi home. Work the money for the tour.
Written July 26, 2022
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R k
Michigan3 contributions
Very nice guide, pick up from local hotel was convenient. His positive attitude combined with his evident knowledge created a casual but extremely informative tour. Its a good introduction to the history of the country and highlights of the city. I would highly suggest this tour for families, as well as solo travelers.
Written July 6, 2022
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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-
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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