The best multilingual fonts can be used to pieces of design and brand identities that surpass linguistic barriers to communicate with audiences in different countries and regions. As the name suggests, multilingual fonts are designed with characters from more than one alphabet, allowing them to be used for text in communications in different languages.
Multilingual fonts are also useful for web design, allowing sites to be translated into different languages without changing the typeface. If a site's font doesn't cater for a given language, it could display a little box known as a 'tofu' instead of the correct character. This is a bad look that detracts from the legibility and design of a site.
But the best multilingual fonts keep translated text in line with the rest of your design, without needing to spend your time designing character alternatives. Below, we've picked our favourites, choosing a variety of styles for different budgets to help you find one for your project. If these fonts aren't what you're looking for, take a look at our guide If these aren't quite what you're looking for, head over to our other font roundups for more options, including our favourite script fonts, brush fonts or italic fonts. Or if you're on a very tight budget, see our pick of the best free fonts.
The best multilingual fonts
- Price: Download with an Envato subscription (from €14.50/m)
- Download Katislen from Envato
We'll start our list of the best multilingual fonts with this beautiful script font. It's perfect for when you want to evoke the feel of classy calligraphy but keep things clean and readable. It comes in OTTF and TTF so is useable across a range of publishing and design software, and comes with glyphs, alternates and ligatures galore! Even better, it has multilingual support. Hurrah.
02. Okta Neue
- Price: From £9.99
- Download Okta Neue from MyFonts
The font's creator says Okta Neue Font "inherits the best traits of Okta – great legibility, simple geometric letter shapes, low contrast across all styles" but, crucially, includes extensive language support, plus enhanced OpenType features. It has 1293 glyphs, with an extended Latin set and extended Cyrillic, Greek (Basic and Polytonic) and Hebrew. Cyrillic also includes localised support for Serbian, Bulgarian and others. It has 22 font styles.
- Price: From £94 (free trial available)
- Download Suisse from Swiss Typefaces
Suisse is the centrepiece of the Swiss Typefaces library. It’s made up of six collections that include a total of 55 styles. Thanks to its clear-cut design, Suisse is perfect for contemporary projects and lends itself easily to variation. These alternate styles include Suisse Int’l, which supports Latin, Cyrilic and Arabic alphabets.
If you like the clean, crisp look of Suisse Int’l but need some variation, Suisse Int’l Mono and Suisse Int’l Condensed are on hand to give different options. You can download them individually, or all in one go. The whole collection of six fonts will set you back nearly £400, but you can trial the whole lot for free to get an idea of whether it’s right for you.
- Price: £182
- Download Dominicale from Altiplano
With its blunt serifs and jagged, diagonal stems, there’s something of a medieval air to Dominicale. It’s no surprise then to learn that Dominicale's makers were interested in interpreting the rough and ready setting of early printed books.
The angular structure of this font would be a perfect fit for projects that pastiche the past, such as the best posters or packaging designs. And with support for English, French and German characters, this trilingual edition can be enjoyed by a huge European audience.
- Price: From $8
- Download Grotte from Graphic River
Multilingual fonts don’t have to be expensive affairs. Just take Grotte, a simple sans-serif font with geometric outlines and elegant curves. Available in three weights, this handy little font can be yours for just $8. And with support for Spanish, Portuguese, German, Danish and French languages, plus Cyrillic, you’re really getting value for money.
Thanks to its clear yet easy-on-the-eye design, Grotte would lend itself easily to posters, packaging, commercials, signs and websites. Just what you need for an international campaign on a tight budget.
- Price: From $16
- Download Mirage from Creative Market
Mirage is an elegant font, which has multilingual support. Perfect for projects that require a touch of class, it comes in five weights and includes uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation.
It's easy to read in a wide range of contexts so would work for packaging, magazines, fashion, invitations or in situ on a website. It currently has 50 per cent off, so it's a great time to invest.
- Price: From $45
- Download Omnes from Darden Studio
Got a sweet tooth? If so, you might recognise Omnes. This playful, rounded font has appeared on condiment sachets and even an advertising campaign for Fanta. It’s bold shapes make it the perfect fit for products that need to appeal to your eyes as well as your taste buds, so you’ll want to bookmark this one if you design for food.
As if it wasn’t already appealing enough, Omnes can support dozens of languages, including Afrikaans, Polish, Latin, Sorbian, and many more. The complete set can be yours to enjoy for $253, or you can order à la carte and choose any combination of up to six styles from $45.
08. Helvetica World
- Price: From £35
- Download Helvetica World from fontshop.com
Chances are you might have heard of Helvetica. Thanks to its clear design it’s one of the most popular professional fonts. However, it’s so ubiquitous, that you might be tempted to pick one of the many inspired alternatives to Helvetica.
09. Gill Sans Nova
- Price: From £49
- Download Gill Sans Nova from MyFonts
Ever since Monotype’s humanist sans-serif typeface Gill Sans first hit the scene in 1928, it’s been a favourite with designers. Over the years it’s been adapted for every publishing technology while retaining its uniquely British character, but with Gill Sans Nova it now boasts a larger character set.
Launched by Monotype in 2015, Gill Sans Nova features 43 fonts that support Latin, Greek and Cryillic characters. The display weight only supports Latin, so keep this in mind as you buy each individual style, especially as prices start from £49.
10. Greta Sans
- Price: From €72
- Download Greta Sans from Typotheque
We’re into the big leagues now. Greta Sans, designed by Peter Bilak and published by Typotheque, is a powerful type family made up of ten weights available in three widths. Capable of dealing with the most complex typographical situations, Greta Sans supports a whopping 217 international languages, meaning that it can cover even Hebrew, Thai and Korean scripts among many others.
As you’d expect for such a powerful type tool, Greta Sans comes at a price. A single font in a selected language will set you back at least €72, while the full suite will cost you €1,400. To help spread the cost you only need to pay for whichever language you need, and considering the full suite includes 80 fonts, you’re getting a lot for your money.
- Price: Free
- Download Noto from Google Fonts
Remember how we mentioned at the top of this article that not having multilingual support leads to websites displaying little empty boxes, or tofus? Well, Google Fonts' Noto is here to remedy that. Taking its name from its goal to see ‘no more tofu’, Google Noto is a font which aims to ‘support all languages with a harmonious look and feel’.
The core Noto Sans font supports up to 582 languages across 237 regions, and even comes in 72 styles. What’s more, you can download it for free with the click of a button. You’ll also get dozens and dozens of variations to support different scripts and symbols.