Does anybody know a free web font which is a good alternative to the Helvetica Neue Extended? We need it for the headlines on a new website.

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There's free for personal use typeface that is really well made and complete. It's my go to typeface for design when I want to use an "Helvetica" type font.

It's called Neue Montreal.


One possible candidate is Poppins via Google Fonts.

  • Poppins is nothing like Helvetica, sorry. I mean they're both sans, but their design is enormously different.
    – spiral
    Nov 9, 2017 at 19:24
  • That's actually a pretty good alternative. Granted, it isn't identical to the best font ever devised by mankind, (surprise, it's free) but a cursory glance would fool most casual observers. If Jana needs something closer, perhaps they should consider dropping some coin on the genuine article.
    – 13ruce
    Nov 9, 2017 at 22:09
  • This is probably something the OP can decide, obviously there are differences, but overall and depending on the intended scope, this could be considered about 85% close to HNE. The differences can only be spotted by somebody who knows about fonts, a 'normal' client will most likely not see an issue here.
    – Lucian
    Nov 10, 2017 at 7:42

There's plenty of helvetica-like open source fonts, but few that have extended versions. I managed to find ONE with an extended version:

Lunchtype enter image description here

Helvetica Neue Extended for reference enter image description here


Probably the closest free alternative is TeX Gyre Heros:

TeX Gyre Heros vs. Helvetica

Warning: it only comes in two weights.

For a more fully-featured open source alternative, try Inter:

Inter vs. Helvetica

These are 2 of the 7 best Helvetica alternatives, IMO. The link includes other suggestions, analysis of options, and download links.


I found the Open Font Lunchtype, very close option


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