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Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup provided by VIP City Bus

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

Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup
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from $66.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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Last updated: Apr 5, 2021
A note from Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup
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
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 over two dozen local highlights, with stops for guided tours at some of San Jose's most important monuments and museums.
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.
Highlights
Dinner and drinks are 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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 36475P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges • Dinner • Round trip Transportation to your hotel • Local guide • Live commentary on board • Professional art historian guide • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Entry/Admission - Teatro Nacional Costa Rica • Entry/Admission - Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Exclusions
DVD (available to purchase) • beers
Duration
5h
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Every Hotels around San José Costa Rica
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges • Dinner • Round trip Transportation to your hotel • Local guide • Live commentary on board • Professional art historian guide • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Entry/Admission - Teatro Nacional Costa Rica • Entry/Admission - Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Exclusions
DVD (available to purchase) • beers
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Every Hotels around San José Costa Rica
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Most travelers can participate
Wheelchair accessible
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Museo de Arte Costarricense
    Stop: 25 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Central Market (Mercado Central)
    Stop: 25 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Plaza de la Libertad Electoral
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    VIP City Bus
    Stop: 4 hours
    See details
  • 6
    Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
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4.0
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Matt S
Centreville, VA11 contributions
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 staff are really fun and they provide live music on the bus as well as refreshments and a dinner at a local restaurant which is included in the package.
Written March 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

texican_in_DC
Washington DC, DC3 contributions
I learned a LOT
Oct 2019
A colleague and I were in Costa Rica for work and had a free afternoon/evening, so we booked the dinner version of this half-day trip. I really liked this whirlwind trip through San Jose. It covered a HUGE amount of stuff in a very short time and I learned a ton about the history of Costa Rica. Our guide Sergio was awesome, and the singer on our bus had a beautiful voice.

Someone in another review was cranky about the first stop at the old airport but it was great. It's a national gallery now and had some amazing art from Costa Rican artist, really interesting variety of paintings particularly. I loved it.

The jewelry place was a little odd, but the video they showed about how the indigenous people used to cast gold was really interesting and, again, there was lots of great art for sale done by local artists. Beautiful paintings, carvings, sculptures, and if I'd been willing to pay for shipping stuff back to the US, I would have purchased art there.

The trip through the market was great, so much to see and do. The Cathedral was really beautiful, and the National Theater was as well. It would have been nice to have been able to go inside the theater auditorium itself, but we were unable to.

Finally, they took us to a cute little restaurant for dinner, which was very pleasant. All in all, a good afternoon and evening, despite the rain.
Written October 15, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

RoatanGetawayTours
Roatan, Honduras31 contributions
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 hold in the was jewelry store, old airport, lobby of the theater, a sketchy restuarant that seems to be a club at night. The local market was ok, the gold museum was the only good thing about this tour. You will be very rushed probably 15 to 20 mins the most. Then you will feel you wasted time in places that has nothing to do with the city. I wouldn't recommend this at all, do the Poas, Doka & La paz waterfall you will get more city tour out of that. Don't like giving negative reviews(1 star) so I gived it 2.
Written July 8, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

gbillias
St. Petersburg, FL1 contribution
Dispute in charges
Sep 2018 • Friends
First of all, the San Jose luncheon bus tour was excellent! The tour guide and musician who entertained the group on the bus was a pleasant surprise. My traveling companion and myself were picked up from the Casa Roland Hotel on September 22, 2018. The assistant on the bus collected payment on the bus. The charge was $70 per person, which was $140.00. Upon receiving my credit card transactions/ purchases, I discovered I was charged $140.00 TWICE. Not good business. Be careful reviewing your charges when you receive your statement.
Written October 18, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

k f
Trinidad14 contributions
Nicely Packaged City Tour
Sep 2018 • Business
After finishing a seminar early I decided to take an afternoon tour of San Jose since it was my first time in Costa Rica. I was picked up at my hotel (the driver was about 15 minutes early) and taken to the tour bus for the 3:30pm tour.

San Jose doesn't have an abundance of sites compared to other cities but Sergio (the tour guide) was well versed in all the city has to offer. My favourite was the market which we traversed, mingling with the locals and trying a few local delicacies like a unique blend of ice cream infused with spices. We stopped for dinner and had a traditional meal called "casado". I was dropped off at my hotel at the appointed time after an evening well spent.
Written September 23, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

sclato
Austin, TX226 contributions
Good bang for your buck
Reasonable price for where we get to go. Took us around in a double decker bus with a musician and soursop juice. We got to go in the stadium, the National theater, an Art Museum, a church, a jewelry shop, and a central market. Lots to see. Very quick at each stop.
Written September 23, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Randy S
1 contribution
Best Tour For your Buck
Aug 2018 • Couples
Our tour guide was Jose and his crew. They were very informative and took the time to explain things in both English and Spanish. Jose was very attentive to everyone's needs and made sure that everyone on the tour was getting what they wanted. I recommend this group to anyone visiting San Jose, CS
Written August 16, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jennifer C
San Juan, Puerto Rico23 contributions
Awesome Tour!!
It was a great experience with great guides! Sergio is very knowledgeable and José was very helpful, great persons! The lunch was exquisite, the music in the bus was great and the tour was awesome! Highly recommend!
Written July 17, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Linda R
Lake Havasu City, AZ54 contributions
Day Tour
Feb 2018 • Couples
Sergio, Jose, and driver Terry (sp) did a wonderful job showing us around San Jose. We were so glad that we didn't attempt to drive the crazy, clogged roads with drivers that have a different set of rules than what we are used to. Alex was so helpful with the reservation, even changing it from the evening tour to the mid-day tour. Thanks everyone! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get an overview of San Jose.
Written February 23, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

tmb0126
Irving2 contributions
Fun night seeing local attractions
Nov 2017 • Couples
We had one evening in San Jose before catching our flight home the next day. We decided to do a tour so that we could see the highlights of the city in a short time. We visited the central market, the stadium, and some monuments, had a nice dinner, and sampled some local beers. We learned a lot about San Jose and the history of Costa Rica. The guides were very friendly and accommodating and it was great that they picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel. We highly recommend this tour while you're visiting San Jose!
Written February 3, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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cizungualine
cizungualine
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Good
It was a really good tour to learn more about Costa Rica and the tour guide was really nice. It would have been bet
AnjaRogerts
AnjaRogerts
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Nice service but the food was not very good!
The guide is good, the service is good but the food was terrible, really details like this can make the tour stop b
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.
RichardT2103
RichardT2103
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San Jose Highlights Bus Tour
As our organized tour did not include San Jose, we flew in early to get a taste of Costa Rica's capital. We took t
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
984trudyr
984trudyr
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Very Nice Way to start learning about Costa Rica
We booked this tour in advance of arriving in Costa Rica and are so glad we did! Our guide was wonderful and we had
Chriskarensmith
Chriskarensmith
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Great Tour
We started off our Costa Rica vacation with this tour. Our guide, Sergio, was great! He taught us much about the h
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
LPopelka
LPopelka
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Great way to see San Jose in one day
We had a great time on this tour, saw all the city highlights, and learned a lot about the history. The tour is a c
MikeTyson2013
MikeTyson2013
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Amazing tour
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour- very informative, friendly tour guide/crew. I have NO complaint about such amazing
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,
michele m
michele m
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Too long
Liberia: Hotel organized: said tour would be over by 4:30-back to hotel. We got back at 6pm due to transportatio
185andread
185andread
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Great city vibe🇨🇷
Great time on the bus. Knew all about his city and interesting facts. The bus had live music which i enjoyed. Also
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