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San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Explore the Costa Rican capital’s rich history, landmark buildings, and modern culture on a combo bus and walking tour of San Jose. Get a great introduction to city highlights like the National Theater and Art Museum, and stop to walk through bustling markets and public plazas to feel the pulse of this modern Central American metropolis. Get an extra boost of Costa Rican culture by listening to traditional folkloric music onboard the bus.
  • Combo bus and walking sightseeing tour of San Jose
  • Discover the history and highlights of Costa Rica's capital city
  • Admire the architecture of the National Theater and other landmark buildings
  • Stroll among local vendors and shoppers at the Central Market
  • Listen to Costa Rican folkloric music on the bus
  • Great way to get both an overview and a closer look at the city's culture
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional art historian guide
Live commentary on board
Local guide
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

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10:00 AM
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Vip City Bus (City tour)
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitisation during San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour.

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  • "Be prepared to spent 40 min to 75 min on the mini bus collecting passengers from hotels, the more hotels, the longer the ride." See review
  • "This is more a bus tour than a bus walking tour." See review


109 reviews

Reviews by Viator travellers

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Well organised fascinating tour
, Mar. 2022
A varied and well organised tour of some of San José’s highlights. Jordan ( our guide) was brilliant
City Tour
, Mar. 2022
Loved the market. Got to see lobby of National Theater. Fabulous Jordan was excellent. Knowledgeable & flexible.
Love, love the tour
, Jan. 2022
The history shared by Jordan was excellent, he really brought it to life! Meeting new people, the fabulous views from the bus, the market…excellent! Highly recommend!
This was an excellent...
, Jan. 2022
This was an excellent introduction to San Jose. Sergio was an excellent guide. He was enthusiastic and provided a very positive overview on San Jose and Costa Rica.
Great city tour
, Jan. 2022
Very good selection of sights & tour guide spoke in Spanish & English well. The tour ended with a nice lunch with friendly travellers.
Bus tour of San Jose with lunch
, Jan. 2022
Jesse was an amazing guide and the trip was an informative introduction to the city. The stop at the market was our favorite!
Good Family tour
, Dec. 2021
We do tours in a new city so we can figure out where we want to go. This was a perfect way of doing that. Sergio had lots of local information and the driver was INSANELY good. We're going back to the market today!
Great Experience
, Nov. 2021
Jessie was a lovely guide! She even took time to explain things to me one on one. It felt shorter than 3 hours haha. Food was ok to me but many loved it. I'd recommend
History and Culture Lover!
, Oct. 2021
If you love history and culture, this tour is for you! Sergio was such a knowledgeable guide and I learned so much about Costa Rica and it’s rich history. I got to visit two museums, the central market (my fav) a couple other landmarks and end the day with an authentic lunch. Highly recommend!
Interesting but rushed
, Aug. 2021
Interesting facts but geared for a large groups. Lacked a personal element when there was only a couple of people on the tour.
Great intro to San Joae coty
, Aug. 2021
Very good tour. With just a handful of guests, we still felt very rushed becuase of the time it takes to navigate from one location to another through jam packed San Jose traffic. Plus the time it takes to pick up guests from their hotel. The included lunch was ok, nothing special.
Loved it!
, Jul. 2021
Sergio did an awesome job! I felt it was a great value for the $$ spent and a great way to spend a day in San Jose.
Great experience
, Jun. 2021
It was great! Our guide Sergio was very nice and kept everything lively! Our group was small which I enjoyed. We learned a lot about San Jose and the Costa Rican history. Definitely one to take. Pura Vida!
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With a tour guy like Sergio Costa Rica sounds en even better
, May 2021
The driver was such a nice man and Sergio was THE BEST. AMAZING JOB. They were so friendly, caring, knowledgeable and made us feel at home.
Great informative tour!
, Mar. 2021
Sergio was an amazing guide. He was imcredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Ivan was a nice driver. Food was delish. This was a really informative and comprehensive tour of the main areas and important sites of Central San Jose. Highly recommended! Enjoyed it very much!
Pity about the traffic
, Mar. 2020
I found the tour of SAN José very interesting. However, we were staying at the DoubleTree Hotel, which is a little out of town. It took 1 hour to get from the hotel to the start point and 2 hours to get from the end of the tour back to the hotel. I appreciate that this was due to heavy traffic, and nothing to do with the tour company. However, it made it a very long day, for what was, a half day tour.
Not great - Missed the important stops and didn't slow down for the ones we did pass.
, Mar. 2020
The tour bus drove around so quickly that we often couldn't get photos even out of the window of monuments, buildings, churches etc so there wasn't much point in the tour. They also completely missed several major monuments like the Liberty monument and the Children's Museum. The ride itself was very short as well.
Awesome Tour
, Feb. 2020
Great highlights and overview; Walking tour gave essence of local living. Awesone lunch and very knowledgeable guide... Highly recommend!
Knowledgeable guide.
, Feb. 2020
Be prepared to spent 40 min to 75 min on the mini bus collecting passengers from hotels...the more hotels, the longer the ride. Once assembled at the soccer field, the tour on the red double decker bus begins. Sergio our guide was most impressive of his history knowledge. From then on it was a good tour. Hits the highlights of old San José. Enjoyed the Gold Museum.
, Feb. 2020
Everything about this particular tour was outstanding. From receiving an email advising me of what time was pick up at the hotel and having them show up early was fantastic. The guide himself provided us with plenty of information about every stop and was not rushing at all. Forgot his name. The musician on the bus was great as well. Overall everything was great. Highly recommend this tour

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