VRBO vs. Airbnb:  Which One Is Better for Travel?

Travelers have been moving away from staying in a hotel room. Instead, many travelers seek a more “staying at home” feel while away from their homes.


Airbnb’s goal is to connect homeowners to potential renters at its core. Aimed initially at short-term rentals, Airbnb has become popular for long-term stays


VRBO is focused on renting out different types of vacation homes, putting the homeowner in direct contact with potential renters.

VRBO vs. Airbnb Comparison

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Accommodation Types

VRBO mainly works via renting out stand-alone homes only. On the other hand, Airbnb offers traditional stand-alone homes and shared spaces (like renting out a single room in a multi-room home).

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Rental Selection

Airbnb boasts a robust 5.6 million rentals available worldwide in over 190 counties. While also available in 190 plus counties, VRBO’s exact rental availability is not public knowledge.

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For both sites, the potential rental will send a request detailing their timeframe, number of people, age range, and any pets or other needed details. At that point, it’s up to the homeowner to review the request and accept or deny it based on their criteria.

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