5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

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  • Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)

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Ready for a change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of San Jose? Ride the rails to nearby Cartago and enjoy a bike tour of the historical town! After a guided morning stroll, a 45-minute train trip takes you through the mountains to this sleepy oasis, where you’ll bicycle to its Central Market for some tasty bites. Enjoy the fresh air and friendly locals on this half-day tour, with transport by bus back to the capital. Numbers limited to 12 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group.


  • 5-hour Cartago day trip by train from San Jose
  • Travel by rail through the mountains past coffee plantations outside the capital
  • Bicycle through the historical streets of Cartago with an informative local guide
  • Discover Costa Rica’s colonial history and learn about daily life in town
  • Sample local cuisine at Cartago’s Central Market
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour

Explore Cartago's market on a day trip from San Jose!

Meet your local guide and small group at a central location near Parque de Español (Spain Park), one of the oldest parks in the city. Learn a bit of history about the area, crossing the street for a close-up view of the Yellow House — the Ministry of Foreign Affairs — before continuing on foot to the National Liquor Factory. Your guide shares snippets about these 19th-century landmarks before you make your trip out of town.

Follow your guide on a 10-minute hike up into the hills of San Jose until arriving at the Atlantic Railroad, where you’ll hop on a train to Cartago. This scenic 45-minute journey takes you past the university campus and further into the mountains through local coffee plantations.

When you reach Cartago, hop on your bike and coast through the streets of this beautiful city, learning all about its history along the way. Your guide makes regular stops at colonial landmarks to fill you in on the background of this historical Costa Rican town, where you'll be among many locals who get around by bicycle.

Finish up at the Central Market, where you can brush shoulders with the locals and sample the cuisine, gaining plenty of insight from your guide on regional foods and flavors. Afterward, hop on a local bus and return to San Jose, where your guide will happily point you in the direction of your accommodation or offer tips on exploring the city.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We found this half day trip very relaxing after three conseciative full day tours. The train trip was a nice experience to Cartago. The guide did a great job showing us points of interest on the trip to Cartago. Bikeing through the city gave us an appreciation of what the locals experience on their daily routine. We enjoyed the stops at the historical points of interest along the way.

Looking for a real local experience this is it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a wonderful tour that starts early in the morning at Espania Park. After a short walk to the station we rode a train to Cartaga, where we walked through various locations in central Cartaga, including the market place. We then picked up bicycles, that were provided, and rode to other interesting locations around the city. After that we had a wonderful lunch at one of the Sodas in the Market. The tour ended with a comfortable ride back to San Jose on a public bus. I was fortunate to be the only one on the tour that day, but later found out that they prefer to keep the groups small. The guide, Myanna, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic... a real people person. She made the tour both enjoyable, and educational. I highly recommend this tour.

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Tour code: 5207CARTAGO


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