Largest Rivers in Europe by Drainage Areas
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Which river has the largest drainage basin in Europe?. The river with the largest drainage basin in Europe is Volga which receives inflows from a basin area of 1,380,000 square kilometers in Russia and flows out primarily to the Caspian Sea. At second and third, are Danube–Breg (Donau, Dunăre, Duna, Dunav, Dunaj) with a drainage basin of 817,000 km2 and outflows to Black Sea, and Dnieper that receives inflows from a basin area of 516,300 km2.

( A drainage area is any area of land where precipitation collects and drains off into a common outlet, such as into a river, bay, or other body of water. )


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Here are Europe's largest rivers by drainage areas.

Volga.

Volga River

Volga is the longest river in Europe at 3,645 kilometers (2,265 miles).

Draining from an area as wide as 1,380,000 km2 in Russia, Volga has a length of 3,645 kilometers (2,265 miles).

Its average discharge rate is 8,080 m3/3 and the river flows out into Caspian Sea.

 

 Compare Volga with River Dee, Wales from Europe.

 Compare Volga with River Aire from Europe.


Danube–Breg (Donau, Dunăre, Duna, Dunav, Dunaj).

Danube–Breg (Donau, Dunăre, Duna, Dunav, Dunaj)

Danube–Breg (Donau, Dunăre, Duna, Dunav, Dunaj) is the 2nd longest river in Europe at 2,888 kilometers (1,795 miles).

Danube–Breg (Donau, Dunăre, Duna, Dunav, Dunaj) is a 2,888-km long (1,795 miles) river that drains from a 817,000-km2 wide basin in Romania (28.9% of river), Hungary (11.7%), Austria (10.3%), Serbia (10.3%), Germany (7.5%), Slovakia (5.8%), Bulgaria (5.2%) and Croatia (4.5%),.

Its average discharge rate is 7,130 m3/3 and the river flows out into Black Sea.

 

 Compare Danube–Breg (Donau, Dunăre, Duna, Dunav, Dunaj) with River Clyde from Europe.


Dnieper.

Dnieper River

Dnieper is the 3rd largest river by drainage area in Europe at 516,300 km2.

Dnieper is a river that stretches 2,287 kilometers (or 1,421 miles) in length, draining from a 516,300 km2 basin in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Its average discharge rate is 1,670 m3/3 and the river flows out into Black Sea.

 

 Compare Dnieper with Somme from Europe.

 Compare Dnieper with River Dee, Wales from Europe.


Kama.

Kama River

Kama is the 3rd largest river by average discharge rate in Europe at 4,100 m3/s.

Kama is a 1,805-km long (1,122 miles) river that drains from a 507,000-km2 wide basin in Russia.

Kama discharges at 4,100 m3/3 and flows out into Volga River.

 

 Compare Kama with Oder–Warta from Europe.

 Compare Kama with River Ure/River Ouse, Yorkshire from Europe.


Ural.

Ural River

Ural is the 3rd longest river in Europe at 2,428 kilometers (1,509 miles).

Ural is a river that stretches 2,428 kilometers (or 1,509 miles) in length, draining from a 237,000 km2 basin in Russia and Kazakhstan.

The average volume of water flow is 475 m3/3 and the river flows out into Caspian Sea.

 

 Compare Ural with Adour from Europe.

 Compare Ural with Kızıl River from Europe.


Rhine.

Rhine

Rhine is the longest river in France at 1,233 kilometers (766 miles).

Rhine is a river that is 1,233 kilometers (or 766 miles) long and drains from a 185,000 km2 drainage basin in Germany (57.3% of river), Switzerland (15.1%), Netherlands (12.3%), France (12.2%), Luxembourg (1.4%), Austria (1.3%), Belgium (0.4%), Liechtenstein (0.1%) and Italy (0.03%).

Its average discharge rate is 2,330 m3/3 and the river flows out into North Sea.

 

 Compare Rhine with River Nene from Europe.

 Compare Rhine with Seversky Donets from Europe.


Loire.

Loire

Loire is the 2nd longest river in France at 1,012 kilometers (629 miles).

Loire is a river that stretches 1,012 kilometers (or 629 miles) in length, draining from a 115,271 km2 basin in France.

Loire discharges at 840 m3/3 and flows out into Atlantic Ocean.

 

 Compare Loire with River Eden, Cumbria from Europe.

 Compare Loire with Dniester from Europe.


Seine River.

Seine River

Seine River is the 3rd largest river by drainage area in France at 79,000 km2.

Draining from an area as wide as 79,000 km2 in France, Seine River has a length of 775 kilometers (482 miles).

The average volume of water flow is 560 m3/3 and the river flows out into English Channel.

 

 Compare Seine River with River Trent from Europe.

 Compare Seine River with Pechora from Europe.


Garonne.

La Garonne

Garonne is the 3rd largest river by average discharge rate in France at 650 m3/s.

Garonne is a 522-km long (324 miles) river that drains from a 55,000-km2 wide basin in France and Spain.

Garonne discharges at 650 m3/3 and flows out into Atlantic Ocean.

 

 Compare Garonne with River Aire from Europe.


More on the longest and largest river systems in the world:

World: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

By Country: Australia  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Russia  |  UK  |  USA

Europe: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

Asia: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

Africa: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

Oceania: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

North America: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

South America: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

Outflows: Amazon River  |  Atlantic Ocean  |  Black Sea  |  Mississippi River  |  Pacific Ocean


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