High quality free fonts are hard to find – especially when it comes to retro and vintage fonts. But great free font downloads do exist; it just takes time to find them.
To help, we’ve created an epic collection of 50 free retro and vintage fonts for you to bookmark, and browse through, whenever you next need the perfect typeface for a new project. (We’ll be updating it regularly.)
In this list you’ll find the very best free script fonts, calligraphy fonts, cursive fonts, handwritten fonts and more.
As you’ll see, some of the retro and vintage fonts are free for personal use but not for commercial projects – so please read the license, and support these amazing designers by purchasing a commercial license when required.
Read on for our hand-picked selection of 50 free retro and vintage fonts...
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Palm Canyon Drive is a monoline script inspired by retro matchbook covers, travel postcards, Tikki bars and Hollywood. With a classy yet unpretentious tone Palm Canyon Drive is as comfortable on a Tikki bar matchbook cover as it is on a Hollywood movie poster.
Perfect for headlines and large display type, this retro-inspired slab serif has a modern twist. It was created by designer Kady Jesko and is free for both commercial and personal use, but a donation would be appreciated.
Designer Jeremy Vassey created this free condensed font, Cast Iron. Its geometric structure and industrial aesthetic make it ideal for high-impact logos or headlines, and the sans serif is also free for commercial use.
Recreate vintage signage with Decade Type Foundry’s free Hustlers Rough demo font. (The commercial version, which isn’t free, comes with clean and rough options, and more than 300 glyphs.)
Add a touch of elegance to your retro designs or illustrations with free, geometric, sans serif font Noir, created by Switzerland-based designer Matthias Guggisberg.
80s-inspired retro brush font Lazer 84 was designed by Panama-based illustrator Juan Hodgson and includes numbers, symbols and accents.
Duwhoers is a modern brush font with a vintage handmade feel. It’s free for personal and commercial use, but Indonesian designer Agga Swist-blnk asks for a donation.
Smaq is a decorative font that’s ideal for posters, logos and more. All eight beveled styles are completely free.
Swiss designer Philippe Moesch is the brains behind Sabo, a pixel-style retro font available in two styles - inline and filled - and perfect for an arcade-style game.
Profonts studio took Swiss designer Hermann Eidenbenz’s idea of a very narrow, economic headline font to the next level with Graphique Pro Next. There are eight weights in the family, and you can get Graphique Pro Next Comp free (the others are £24 each).
Warm, weathered, free font Gist Rough is the letterpress version of Gist. It has a vintage look with modern twist, and all-caps typesetting has an especially retro edge. Gist Rough Light Three is free; the other weights are £13.99 each.
Alt Retro is an eye-catching, multi-lined, five-weight typeface that oozes retro charm. Created by Cyprus-based designer Andreas Leonidou, it’s free for both personal and commercial use.
Looking for a bold, retro-inspired script font for your logo, branding, packaging, poster or apparel project? Look no further. Streetwear gives a nod to 1960s and 1970s fashion and sport typography, and is free for personal and commercial use.
Described as a “typographic picnic”, Typnic is a retro calligraphy font family with eighteen different styles. Typnic Titling is the free version, and will add an elegant vintage script effect to your designs.
Monoline slab meets indie script to create this stunning inline slab serif, Gist. Like Gist Rough, this retro font was designed by Yellow Design Studio, and you can get one weight free - Gist Light.
Evoking early 20th century cinema, Lichtspiele - designed by Stefan Huebsch – is a vintage free font that’s packed with character. Of the five styles, Lichtspiele Trailer is free.
For a laid-back, hand-drawn vibe, try Sunday – a vintage custom typeface created by Greek designer Anastasia Dimitriadi. It’s all-caps, with 14 alternative glyphs, and free for personal and commercial work.
Bobber is an all-caps alternative slab serif, inspired by vintage bobber motorcycles. Modular and grid-based, the flourishes exude an ornate, hand-drawn feel. You can download the free font, or purchase the pro version for $5.
Designer Morgan Knutson has applied a pay-what-you-can personal use license to his condensed uppercase typeface, Mensch. There are four weights - regular, thin, inline and bold - and a one-five commercial license is $40.
A reversed-stress typeface designed for display use, Orwellian is guaranteed to add atmosphere to your designs. It was inspired by the concepts explored in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four, and is another font that comes with a pay-what-you-want personal use license.
Another free font from Decade Type Foundry, American Brewery Rough is a quirky retro typeface that’s ideal for vintage signage and labeling, and free for personal use.
Free for personal use, Hooverville is a vintage 1920s-1930s era font that’s perfect for adding a retro touch to your illustrations.
The style of this free retro font by designer Michael Adkins dates back to around the 1940s. It has two different weights, or you can pick up the full six - with complete character sets - by paying for a commercial license.
This elaborate free retro font features rounded flourishes for a strong, vintage look. Created by West Wind Fonts, and the second 'Cast Iron’ font in this list, it’s free to download.
Sho-Card-Caps is well-suited to drop caps and headlines. An adaptation of standard 1930s font Futura Display, it’s inspired by “hand-lettered posters from a bygone era” says designer Nick Curtis.
Krinks is a retro script font with decorative capital letters. It’s free for personal use only.
Fenwick is a stunning sans serif, display font family published by Typodermic Fonts Inc. Of the eight weights available, Fenwick Outline is free.
This angular geometric free font is a versatile creation that’s well-suited to a variety of uses, from graphic design to motion and apparel.
The first ever typeface from lettering artist Simon Walker, Matchbook is characterised by extended forms and rounded serifs, and includes a textured version reminiscent of letterpress type. It has a pay-what-you-want personal use license, or you can get a commercial license for $30.
Pavel Pavlov designed Weston, a rounded slab serif, specifically for logos and headlines. The Regular and Light All Caps versions are available for free download, and you can get the full family with a commercial license.
With a personality-packed vintage aesthetic, Hand Shop Typography C30, by Fontscafe, is free for personal use.
TT Masters is a handmade font family, with a coffee shop vibe. There are three are demo versions - Demo Rough Thin, Demo Birds, Demo Black - and the other weights will cost you £17.99 each.
A sans-serif hand-letting font, Savu has four styles: regular, bold, condensed and condensed bold. Savu Condensed is free.
Matt Desmond’s rounded and modular font Environ works particularly well for small blocks of text at small sizes. Of the six weights, one - Environ - is free.
Melon Gradient is the free font in this heavyweight retro family designed by Jonathan Hill. It’s ideal for use on print, web, motion, T-shirts and apparel, and the additional weights will set you back £21.95 each.
A premium letterpress family with rectangular letterforms and authentic, hand-crafted texture, Sucrose is a distressed font with two free weights.
Variane Script is a friendly retro font with rounded terminals and a graceful rhythm. It’s free for personal use; for commercial use you need to contact the creator, Work Ins Studio.
Clear line is a retro script font with a unique style, designed by prolific typeface designer Måns Grebäck. It’s free for personal use only.
Add a vintage touch with retro font Marmellata Jam. Designed by FontsCafe, it’s free for commercial use and other weights are available with a commercial license.
According to designer Brian Bonislawsky, Yesteryear is a “flat nib connecting script font” loosely based on the title screen from 1942 film, The Palm Beach Story. Free for both commercial and personal use, it has a sharper feel than the source and is reminiscent of the chrome scripts of vintage automobilia.
Graphic designer Ben Dalrymple’s Avril features strong lines with rounded, soft terminals. The result is a versatile collection of strong, friendly letterforms, which you can use with a pay-what-you-want personal use license.
Based on 1960s advertisement scripts, Måns Grebäck’s elegant vintage font Yaquote is free for personal use only.
Like Yaquote, but prefer a more distressed design? Esplanade Script - also by Måns Grebäck - is perfect for when you need some vintage calligraphy handwriting.
Ranger is a weighty display face created by designer Evan Huwa. It comes in four styles, and has a pay-what-you-want personal use license.
An all caps, condensed typeface, Canter makes for a contemporary retro free font available in six different weights. It’s perfect for vintage titles, headlines and posters.
Alexey Frolic’s wide contemporary slab serif Silverflake balances an old-style vibe with modern curves for a retro, yet up-to-date aesthetic. The all-caps font is free for personal and commercial use, and contains some alternative characters.
Fancy Me is the first font from Marie-Michelle Dupuis, who describes the vibe as “edgy, yet feminine”, and says it’s free for personal and commercial use.
Tehran-based designer Aleph created this vintage floral font, which is free for personal and commercial use.
Form is a no-nonsense, all caps, geometric font that comes in three different weights. The sans serif sports rounded edges for a friendly feel, and woks best for titles and logos.
Nautilus is a modern script with smooth contrast and a vintage twist. Perfect for use in headings, logos and posters, the font contains a lot of ligatures, stylistic alternates and swashes, and is free for personal use.
Another cracking vintage display font from Andreas Leonidou, REN is available in four weights, supports Greek, and is free for commercial and personal use.