The longest rivers in the world

Did you know that Nile river is the longest river in the world?

The Nile is stunning, 6,650 km/4,132 miles long. It has a 32,54,555 km2 drainage area, and also its average discharge is huge: 5,100 m3/Sec. The Nile River flows out in the Mediterranean sea and has a drainage basin in these countries: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan. With this indicator, the Nile river is the No.: 1. longest river on Earth.

The table below rank the rivers in the world by their length.

The research of the longest rivers in the world was carried out in 2014. For the length, drainage area, average discharge, outflow, and the drainage basin data, Driving Directions and Maps consulted numerous national and international sources and, in cases of large statistical inconsistencies, elected to publish cautious averages.

The longest rivers

RiverSourceOutflowmikm
NileTributaries of Lake Victoria, AfricaMediterranean Sea4,1806,690
AmazonGlacier-fed lakes, PeruAtlantic Ocean3,9126,296
Mississippi-Missouri-Red RockSource of Red Rock, MontanaGulf of Mexico3,7105,970
Chang Jiang (Yangtze)Tibetan plateau, ChinaChina Sea3,6025,797
ObAltai Mountains, RussiaGulf of Ob3,4595,567
Huang He (Yellow River)Eastern part of Kunlan Mountains, West ChinaGulf of Chihli2,9004,667
YeniseiTannu-Ola Mountains, western Tuva, RussiaArctic Ocean2,8004,506
ParanáConfluence of Paranaiba and Grande riversRío de la Plata2,7954,498
IrtishAltai Mountains, RussiaOb River2,7584,438
Zaire (Congo)Confluence of Lualab and Luapula rivers, CongoAtlantic Ocean2,7164,371
Heilong (Amur)Confluence of Shilka (Russia) and Argun (Manchuria) riversTatar Strait2,7044,352
LenaBaikal Mountains, RussiaArctic Ocean2,6524,268
MackenzieHead of Finlay River, British Columbia, CanadaBeaufort Sea (Arctic Ocean)2,6354,241
NigerGuineaGulf of Guinea2,6004,184
MekongTibetan highlandsSouth China Sea2,5004,023
MississippiLake Itasca, MinnesotaGulf of Mexico2,3483,779
MissouriConfluence of Jefferson, Gallatin, and Madison rivers, MontanaMississippi River2,3153,726
VolgaValdai plateau, RussiaCaspian Sea2,2913,687
MadeiraConfluence of Beni and Maumoré rivers, BoliviaBrazil boundaryAmazon River2,0123,238
PurusPeruvian AndesAmazon River1,9933,207
Sao FranciscoSouthwest Minas Gerais, BrazilAtlantic Ocean1,9873,198
YukonJunction of Lewes and Pelly rivers, Yukon Territory, CanadaBering Sea1,9793,185
St. LawrenceLake OntarioGulf of St. Lawrence1,9003,058
Rio GrandeSan Juan Mountains, ColoradoGulf of Mexico1,8853,034
BrahmaputraHimalayasGanges River1,8002,897
IndusHimalayasArabian Sea1,8002,897
DanubeBlack Forest, GermanyBlack Sea1,7662,842
EuphratesConfluence of Murat Nehri and Kara Su rivers, TurkeyShatt-al-Arab1,7392,799
DarlingCentral part of Eastern Highlands, AustraliaMurray River1,7022,739
ZambeziZambiaMozambique Channel1,7002,736
TocantinsBrazilPará River1,6772,699
MurrayAustralian Alps, New South WalesIndian Ocean1,6092,589
NelsonHead of Bow River, western Alberta, CanadaHudson Bay1,6002,575
ParaguayMato Grosso, BrazilParaná River1,5842,549
UralSouthern Ural Mountains, RussiaCaspian Sea1,5742,533
GangesHimalayasBay of Bengal1,5572,506
Amu Darya (Oxus)Nicholas Range, Pamir Mountains, TurkmenistanAral Sea1,5002,414
JapuráAndes, ColombiaAmazon River1,5002,414
SalweenTibet, south of Kunlun MountainsGulf of Martaban1,5002,414
ArkansasCentral ColoradoMississippi River1,4592,348
ColoradoGrand County, ColoradoGulf of California1,4502,333
DnieperValdai Hills, RussiaBlack Sea1,4192,284
Ohio-AlleghenyPotter County, PennsylvaniaMississippi River1,3062,102
IrrawaddyConfluence of Nmai and Mali rivers, northeast BurmaBay of Bengal1,3002,092
OrangeLesothoAtlantic Ocean1,3002,092
OrinocoSerra Parima Mountains, VenezuelaAtlantic Ocean1,2812,062
PilcomayoAndes Mountains, BoliviaParaguay River1,2421,999
Xi Jiang (Si Kiang)Eastern Yunnan Province, ChinaChina Sea1,2361,989
ColumbiaColumbia Lake, British Columbia, CanadaPacific Ocean1,2321,983
DonTula, RussiaSea of Azov1,2231,968
SungariChina – North Korea boundaryAmur River1,2151,955
SaskatchewanCanadian Rocky MountainsLake Winnipeg1,2051,939
PeaceStikine Mountains, British Columbia, CanadaGreat Slave River1,1951,923
TigrisTaurus Mountains, TurkeyShatt-al-Arab1,1801,899
The longest rivers of the world