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San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

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From USD 72.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel 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

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Start time

10:00 am

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q: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

Q: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

Q: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

Q: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

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Traveller 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.
128 reviews
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Choose Jordan as Your Guide
Robin_E, Nov 2022
Jordan is a phenomenal tour guide! Half day tour is exactly what you need to get a feel for San Jose, and he had plenty of other recommendations as well. Super knowledgeable, kind and funny too. A++
Toddler friendly
Faneesh, Nov 2022
Tookk this tour with me and my 19 month old daughter and it was a good experience. I didn't take a stroller and she did well. Jordan and Ivan were great! I never write reviews but I haven't seen one that mentioned a toddler so if you have a toddler you don't have to hesitate.
Excellent introduction to...
lanalan03, Nov 2022
Excellent introduction to the city for new visitors. Convenient and safe pick up. Jordan and Ivan made sure that we are entertained and comfortable.
Review for walking and bus tour
Ariga_M, Sept 2022
Perfect tour. Visited the nicest part of San José, museums, shopping places, historical building and etc. The tour was overall perfect. 💫💫👍👍 Jorden is a great tour guide. Thank you so much .
we had a beautiful...
Adriana_Z, Aug 2022
we had a beautiful surprise in the bus. the knowledge of Jordan is amazing, he loves his country and makes everybody feel welcome.
Nice Tour
Rosaura_M, Aug 2022
A nice tour to get to know the places around San Jose. Our tour guide was really nice and knowledgeable. I enjoy the experience.
CR VIP Bus tour
Nivedita_S, July 2022
Thanks to Jordan & Evan for taking us through the history and culture of Costa Rica and showing us some hidden gems in the Central Mercado. It was fun and informational at the same time.
Highly recommended
Jaiwantie_W, June 2022
We enjoyed our tour, Jordan was very informative in all areas we visted, through out the tour, he was very helpful in getting me to a shoe store to get another shoe as mine broke - Thank you. I would highly recommend this tour but be careful when via the market in San Jose.
Well organised fascinating tour
James_T, Mar 2022
A varied and well organised tour of some of San José’s highlights. Jordan ( our guide) was brilliant
City Tour
Cynthia_S, Mar 2022
Loved the market. Got to see lobby of National Theater. Fabulous Jordan was excellent. Knowledgeable & flexible.
Love, love the tour
Cindy_L, 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...
John_N, 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
Melodee_M, 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
Lyn_D, 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
Tyson_S, 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
Nhadya_S, 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!
Zuzana_B, 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
Robyn_C, 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
Mark_S, 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!
Doug_k, July 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.