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Heathrow to Lakenheath Royal Air Base

Good morning,

Would someone be able to tell me how to get to Lakenheath Royal Air Force Base from Heathrow Airport? Our son will not be able to get time off from the Air Force to come pick us up and his wife and baby are too new to the area to be comfortable driving there. We are easy travelers by train, subway, etc. Just hoping someone can help us out with the logistics.

Thanks a bunch,
Carrie

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The nearest railway station to Lakenheath is Thetford, which is between 90 minutes and two hours from Kings Cross station in London. You can check times and book tickets from London to Thetford at www.http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk or one of the national UK rail sites like The Trainline or Loco2. Booking tickets in advance may be cheaper, but you will need to buy a ticket if you miss the train you picked because of a delayed flight.

You can see details of buses from Thetford to Lakenheath at http://www.coachservicesltd.com/timetables-maps/?serviceid=1755. The bus station and the railway station in Thetford look as if they may be some distance apart so don't plan on a tight connection. Or get a taxi from Thetford.

The most direct route from Heathrow to Kings Cross is to travel on the Piccadilly Line underground, although it can be very crowded in the morning peak hour.

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There is a direct National Express coach service from Heathrow to Mildenhall, which is 4 or 5 miles from Lakenheath. There are departures every couple of hours through the day, with a journey time of around 3 hours 10 to 3 hours 25, which might be a bit slower than getting the train, but avoids any changes or having to cross central London. See http://www.nationalexpress.com and use the journey planner there - you will need to book because that service goes all the way from Brighton via Gatwick and Heathrow airports and terminates in Norwich, so I'd expect it can often be busy. Can your son pick you up from Mildenhall, or get someone to collect you? Alternatively there are taxi firms in Mildenhall, including this one.

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Thank you so much, the both of you. This will be ever so helpful. I am sure that our son's wife will be comfortable enough to come pick us up in Mildenhall. You are both so wonderful. Thank you again. We can't wait to see your lovely country.

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Carrie,
I visited this area in 2004 when I had family stationed there. It is a great area with lots of things to see and do. Google East Anglia and you will have lots of info to plan your visit. One of my favorite memories was Bury St Edmunds. Gorgeous ruins and an intact cathederal and down the street The Nutshell, smallest pub in England. Have a great time.