San Jose

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

Badge of ExcellenceSan Jose, Costa Rica
Vip City Bus The Best City Tour in Costa Rica

From $76.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 5 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

10:00 AM

What To Expect

Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Central Market (Mercado Central)

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Plaza de la Libertad Electoral

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

VIP City Bus

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (Pass By)

Museo de Arte Costarricense

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No Health restrictions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

Be prepared to spent 40 min to 75 min on the mini bus collecting passengers from hotels, the more hotels, the longer the ride.
This is more a bus tour than a bus walking tour.
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Enjoyable tour of the City. Very informative.
Glynis_W, Feb 2024
It was very informative. We especially enjoyed the information at the National Museum about how and why it was built.
Good overview of San Jose.
Joseph_O, Feb 2024
Great guide and your was great combination of walk, ride and attractions. Nice stop for lunch. Enjoyed this tour.
City Life
Jeannette_M, Feb 2024
Our guide, Jessie, was very informative and really looked after us. The tour progressed well on a busy Saturday. Watching city life & experiencing the noise, smell & tastes was amazing. A great way to get a quick insight to the place.
An Ecxellent Introduction to San Jose
John_P, Feb 2024
Sergio was an excellent tour guide. He showed us the highlights of San Jose in a nice & relaxing way. Saw everything as noted in the itinerary. Highly recommended if you only have one day to see the city.
Great tour
ayerovm, Feb 2024
Very good tour. Great tour guide. We visited two main museums and market and got impressions of the city. Perfect tour for San Jose.
Great variety of stops with good history
Laurie_S, Jan 2024
Very informative and good variety of stops. Host was awesome and bus was very comfortable…learned a lot about San Jose.
Worth Doing this tour
Judy_G, Jan 2024
Sergio was our guide and was very informative and interesting. I liked that he paid attention to the group and looked out for us. The day trip in the morning is so worth it to get a look and taste of Downtown San Jose. It includes three museums, several parks, lunch and the local markets. We had a great time and you're done and feel like you really got a lot more than expected
Great San Jose Tour
Meredith_P, Jan 2024
Excellent pre-tour communication, on time pick up, memorable visits with excellent story telling, I enjoyed the Costa Rican music more than I thought I would! This is a great tour to take to see all that San Jose has to offer!
Basically the nice people...
Jose_G, Dec 2023
Basically the nice people who serviced so magnificently. Nice culture, food, music. Rich history. Happy people.
Great experience
Nzinga_W, Dec 2023
Recommend doing this to get oriented to the city. Our tour guide was awesome! He will also give you the option to stay downtown, if you like.
Balaji_T, Dec 2023
I feel this is pure waste of money. Hardly we get to see city with majority times spent in lunch and a market place.
City tour.
Guy_P, Dec 2023
Sergio was very informative, knowledgeable, experienced and the most important thing he's professional and he’s a people person.
A great way to see many historic sites i
BARBARA_B, Oct 2023
The tour guides were informative and well organized. We were able to visit several museums and sites safely.
Latisha_W, Sep 2023
The tour was informative and interesting to learn the history of the culture. Our guides were very knowledgeable. The only inconvenience was at the end of the tour. The bus broke down but the guides quickly had a backup plan. Ubers were called to transport everyone to their destination. 👍🏾👍🏾
Excellent services
Jenny_A, Sep 2023
Everything ♥️🙏 very friendly, full detailed of Costa Rica history. Restaurant and food was delicious
Friendly guide, new acquaintances
Michael_R, Aug 2023
I enjoyed learning a little of the history of Costa Rica, lunch was great, but I was in awe of the intricacy of the pre Colombian stone work at the gold museum when judged by the primitive tools used.
Boring tour
Melissa_J, Aug 2023
Boring tour of San Jose. We were picked up in a double decker bus and it was pointless when we could have been in a small van. The food at the restaurant was great and the tour guide was nice.
Will recommend!
XiomaraGamez, Jul 2023
Enrique was very knowledgeable! He was friendly and very approachable, had the answers for all of our questions. Also the lunch was very good!
This is a fun and...
Kristy_M, Jun 2023
This is a fun and inexpensive way to see many Interesting things in the city. It did feel a bit rushed at times but was a lot of fun. Our guide Jordan was ver informative and engaging.
Arnaldo_S, Jun 2023
Very nice visit to the city of San Jose! I like the market and the gold museum, the Teareo Nacional was beautiful but we didn't have a chance to walk in even we were a group of six! Sergio was incredible!

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