The Sapporo Streetcar runs in a loop, starting from central Sapporo and going out to the western area. This old-fashioned method of public transportation gives easy access to the parts of the city not covered by the subway. The tracks form a simple loop around the downtown, making traveling smooth. Visitors can use the Sapporo-exclusive SAPICA IC card to get on and off with just a tap. In addition to paying the streetcar fair, this card doubles as electronic money at certain stores and vending machines around Sapporo.